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...nto your place of work yet or whether you're picking up your work emails and reading this in the comfort of your home (if you still have heat and light). Wherever you are, we wish you a Happy New Year and hope that 2010 will prove to be a good year for you. I heard this morning that the cost of a single day of absenteeism in the UK alone, cau...

Tile Depot store and head office to move to trading estate

... January with a bigger, better showroom to make shopping easier and double the warehousing capacity for more stock. In store, more displays flaunt the popular retailer's comprehensive range of ceramic, porcelain and natural stone, mosaic and feature tiles in glass and other materials along with wooden flooring, underfloor heating and all tools, adh...

Trend forecast 2010: Kitchen intelligence, colourful confidence, purposeful bespoke and eastern details...

The expert design team at Evitavonni predicts some interesting design trends for 2010. Design-savvy consumers can expect to see several key themes emerging including kitchen-intelligence, colourful confidence, purposeful bespoke and modern eastern. These four themes work together to provide interiors that are intuitive, brighter, more lifestyle s...

30% off promo for William Ball's new Phoebe

...igh quality, contemporary kitchens with the addition of Phoebe to its new Series Linea range... and for a limited time William Ball retailers can take advantage of a special launch promotion on the Phoebe kitchen, with 30% off complete units in the range when specified on aluminum and 20% when specified on white cabinets. The Phoebe kitchen feat...

Simpsons adds luxury to the bathroom with Lux Elements

Simpsons has responded to the fast growing demand for wetrooms in the home by bringing the expertise of Lux Elements, a name synonymous with the best in wetroom design for over 20 years, to the consumer market. Manufactured to the highest environmental standards in Germany, Lux Elements is already one of the first choices in UK commercial wetr...

Vitreous China Plumbing Fixture report now available

... at approximately 100% of US production. Because of this reliance on imports, the report covers the foreign trade statistics including the top 25 countries the US imports from and their respective import values. Over the past three years, the industry has shown a strong growth in exports, at approximately 11% constant annual growth. This growth ...

Domestic kitchen and bathroom worktops market - UK 2009-2013 - just published

...value solutions have been popular in recent years. The value of the total kitchen worktop market is forecast to decline significantly in 2009, falling by 10% to reach £162m, having already fallen by 5% in 2008, mainly as a result of the declining economic environment, the deferral of high ticket purchases by consumers, contraction in the hous...

A one-stop brochure from Aqata

Aqata, the UK shower manufacturer renowned for quality, innovation and design, has launched a new, improved version of its product brochure entitled 'the complete collection'. Packed with inspiring photographs and detailed facts about the company's versatile range of enclosures, screens, doors, showers, trays and bathroom accessories, this...

BCG adds value to its keenly priced service with Airmiles

...iles across a broad range of the BCG product portfolio, with a higher number of miles being awarded for specific product ranges and promotions. BCG Customers signing up to the scheme have a company Airmiles account credited with Airmiles awarded each time a purchase is made. They will accumulate Airmiles on a monthly basis with the ability to di...

Travis Perkins takes stake in Mosaic Tile Company

...ket, has bought a 49% stake in Leeds-based natural stone tile distributor, The Mosaic Tile Company, for an undisclosed sum. The Mosaic Tile Company, which includes trading divisions; Romana Tile Company, Verona Stone Company and Stone Nation, was founded by Adrian Hinchliffe in 2000. Following the deal, he will retain 51% of the company and rema...

Maytag's washer now in classic black

...entrepiece of a total laundry room concept. Styled in classic black and carrying an 'A+' washing performance, Maytag's versatile MWA 0714FBC washer can smoothly fit into your lifestyle in any way you wish. The laundry room concept being promoted by Maytag has proved an enormously popular option in the United States, adding value to the home by c...

Two new distributors for Franke

... Direct is Scotland's largest independent appliance distributor, and the company is a one stop shop for all kitchen appliance and accessory needs. National Distributor, Cooper Callas, has five branches located in Bicester, Glasgow, Leeds, Crawley and Newton Abbot. The company thought to be the largest independently owned bathroom and kitchen dis...

New Pulsar tap range from Pegler Yorkshire lights up the market

... of several new tap ranges in 2009, Pulsar is the latest offering from the Francis Pegler portfolio for 2010. Clean, fresh and minimalistic, Pulsar is designed to give an exciting new look to any bathroom or kitchen. The kitchen bridge mixer with its gracefully arched spout is a particularly striking design, but with 14 distinctive pieces in the...

2010 Bathroom Conference announced

... bathroom calendar will be held on 19th October at the Carden Park Hotel, near Chester, Cheshire. A formidable line up of speakers has already been booked for the event. "Plans for the bathroom conference are well in hand," says Yvonne Orgill, Chief Executive of the BMA. "This year we will be looking in detail at customer service and the custome...

Hate recycling? Look this way

...n the kitchen, in the garden, squashed into a cupboard until the next trip to the supermarket. Even for those lucky enough to have kerbside collections, where do you store your recycled materials until the collection date? Wouldn't it be good to be able to store your recycled material out of the way and out of sight? The answer is here in the sh...

Mark Wilkinson awarded OBE

English furniture designer Mark Wilkinson has been honoured with an OBE for Services to the Furniture Industry and to Charity, in the 2010 New Year's Honours listings published on 31st December. The investiture of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, is the culmination of a year of honours for the design maestro. In April ...

Stephen Joseph takes financial stake in Theobald's Distribution

Stephen Joseph, the former managing director of Allied Kingswood, has taken a controlling interest in Kent-based Theobald's Distribution. Stephen, who has been acting as a consultant to Theobald's since September 2009, becomes the CEO of the company and will be working with present directors Jamie Gardiner (Operations Director) and Steve B...

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...nown as the leading authority on water efficiency in the UK and it fits in perfectly with the theme for this year's World Water Week which is 'The Water Quality Challenge - Prevention, Wise Use and Abatement'. Waterwise is urging everyone to make small changes to their everyday water using behaviour, to collectively make a big difference. Simple...

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Welcome to the KBzine A very international week for us on KBzine. First of all we had an email from Toronto from a householder seeking to get in touch with the Showerlux distributor in Canada. If anyone can help (and let us know) we would be obliged. We have Mail I feel like I've been searching for The Holy Grail for months. We are...

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I feel like I’ve been searching for The Holy Grail for months. We are Torontonians from Canada. My husband, (who is blind), and I are seniors and have had an excellent set of shower doors made by Showerlux Inc. for several years. The product is still excellent but one of the catches on the top of the middle door has broken off. The doors ...

National Kitchen & Bath Association reports the styles for 2010

...ted by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) of the US to reveal the key design trends for 2010. The results of the NKBA 2010 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Survey confirmed the continuation of a number of existing trends in the marketplace, but also uncovered others that indicate shifts in the direction that kitchen and bath style w...

Digitally delicious! Belling launches interactive cookery book

...ing, has announced the launch of a new interactive digital cookery guide - the Media Chef. Ideal for cooks of all abilities, the Belling Media Chef is the perfect kitchen accessory for those looking to create a culinary masterpiece. Pre-loaded with 48 cook-a-long demonstration recipes including three exclusive recipes from top chef, Brian Tur...

New manufacturing facility for metallic hoses

...rience and knowledge in this field, having worked together at Flexible Hose Supplies' Bolton office for many years. During this period they have designed, manufactured and supplied metal and ptfe hose assemblies to a large and diverse customer base both in the UK and Globally providing solutions to numerous challenges. The company's capacity and...

Baumatic joins forces with Galaxy in series of consumer competitions

...ng cross-marketing partnership with chocolate manufacturer Galaxy. The two companies are teaming up for a series of competitions appearing in several high-circulation consumer titles, across both magazine and online formats, including Womenandhome.com and Prima. The competitions mark the nationwide launch of Galaxy's new probiotic chocolate drin...

New Premises for Vado

...tively doubles the company's available warehousing space and also provides much needed office space for the extra two people a month being taken on! The new building will also house a recreational room for staff enjoyment, a new bank of meeting suites, plus another showroom area for customers. Sarah Williams, VADO's Commercial Director, comme...

National Sleep Foundation launches air purification product for the bedroom

...er, to launch a new National Sleep Foundation-branded air purification system specifically designed for the sleep environment. The National Sleep Foundation Bedroom Machine by Austin Air is making its debut at the Big Sleep Show in Washington, DC today. Developed and designed by Austin Air, the National Sleep Foundation Bedroom Machine will use ...

New brand launched: 'Trade' by Roper Rhodes

...m furniture. As the name suggests, it aims to target trade customers and those consumers who are comfortable shopping in a trade counter environment. The new brand will be available via trade counters nationally and delivers fantastic 'value' products at unbeatable prices. "We know this market wants great value. It's all about keeping it simple ...

Coolectric to cease as Viking UK importer

... in this decision. Managing Director Mark Bristow, comments: "Whilst there maybe a long term future for the Viking brand in the UK, the investment required in the short to medium term is neither sensible nor sustainable. "Coolectric will focus on its core business of supplying Liebherr refrigeration to kitchen and electrical retailers." T: 08...

Freestanding induction by Amica

...attractive in stainless steel and black and easy to control with knobs and an electronic programmer for simple selection. The multifunction oven provides eight heating functions including fan with ring heater for quicker, even baking and roasting along with a powerful grill, super and turbo grill for large cuts of meat, traditional convection he...

A new year and a key appointment at Kaldewei

Kaldewei, renowned throughout Europe for its baths, has announced the arrival of Marc Nation to the new role of UK Sales Manager. This significant step provides a dedicated sales focus at senior level within Kaldewei with a key responsibility for management of the nationwide sales team; this includes Kaldewei's own expanding team of sales represe...

RETRA meets Chinese delegation

Retra, the association for independent electrical retailers, has gone global! The Association has been building bridges with a selection of representatives from the Chinese government. A delegation from a variety of Chinese government organisations recently visited retra to discuss the electrical retailing industry, particularly focusing on th...

Merlyn Industries UK Ltd introduces National Specification Manager

...o build brand awareness within the Architect and Developer community. Eric Woods, Sales Director for Merlyn UK says, "Peter joins Merlyn to strengthen our offering in the increasingly important contracts arena. We are delighted to be able to offer our specification clients a more dedicated and service centric approach". For stockists contact:...

Black box signals U-turn in bad driver behaviour, turning White Van Man into Golden Boy

The knave of Britain's highways and byways will be transformed into the king of the road by the latest technology, says mobile resource management company, Trimble MRM. The 'Driver DNA' Box can be attached to any vehicle and records where it is travelling and even how it is being driven. Trimble then sends the diagnostic information back to the...

Get Waterwise!

...ross the UK are water efficient. The inaugural networking event will take place at Keble College, Oxford University from 16.00 on Monday 21st March until 16.00 on Tuesday 22nd March 2010. Delegates will hear from high profile speakers including the Minister for the Marine & Natural Environment, Huw Irranca-Davies MP and Jonathan Porritt, Dir...

Tyneside firm has designs on markets worldwide

...O design”. The Gateshead firm, launched in 2006, has already gained world-wide recognition for its innovation and Eco credentials and has now signed up to UK Trade & Investment’s Passport to Export scheme in a bid to explore new markets. Richard Liddle, founder and Managing Director of Cohda Design, explains: “Our aim...

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...atures that are being designed into the latest appliances and the types of materials now being used for items that I'd previously felt were fairly mundane. I've realised that my thinking about what's available in terms of kitchen and bathroom appliances, fixtures and fittings, was - prior to my involvement in KBZine - decades behind the reality. ...

Blanco's new showroom's 'open week' starts Sunday

...ribution centre and showroom during a special 'Open Week'. The 2700 sq.ft. showroom in Radlett, Hertfordshire, displays the complete Blanco range and all the new products for 2010, including the very latest sink designs, a wide variety of taps and the most up-to-date cooker hoods. As well as excellent hospitality and the chance to see a great ar...

Retro-chic at the sleep room

Online bed specialist, The Sleep Room, offers a range of glamorous, retro-inspired beds for stylish sleepers. Nostalgia is a big theme for 2010 but it's often difficult to pull-off this look with modern products. Whilst vintage beds look great they rarely offer maximum comfort - are you really willing to put style before sleep? With the 'R...

New eLIX tap meets criteria for Code for Sustainable Homes

The eLIX tap by Carron Phoenix is the perfect little number for the contract market, allowing developers to meet level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. The code requires all the water products in the house to add up to no more than 105 litres per person per day and eLIX helps achieve this by way of a flow regulator that sits unobtrusiv...

Bushboard's Encore Chocolate Sparkle solid surfacing is rich and luxurious

...11 different finishes in worksurfaces, splashbacks and upstands in a wide choice of component sizes for ultimate design flexibility. Added to that is an easy solution for installing a choice of seventeen undermount sinks in stainless steel and granite, as well as fabricating slab ends and radiused corners on site making it one of the most comprehen...

RETRA shows there is strength in numbers

...on, welcomed a record number of associate members last year, underlining the importance of the need for businesses to stick together in difficult times. Proof that there is strength in numbers, retra has been joined by an increasing range of associates from an array of sectors, including distribution and digital services. Retra is especially pro...

New Ebro tap range goes with the flow

...an vogue - a flow straightener is fitted as standard and all the basin fittings include an aerator, for that champagne 'bubbly' water flow. An eight piece range, Ebro offers taps for basin, bath, bidet and kitchen and includes a single lever mono basin mixer complete with flip waste. The mono bath mixer is particularly impressive and offers exce...

MGA Distributors introduces the brand new Europa-2 drawer from Indaux

...ndaux. Indaux has been creating, developing, manufacturing and marketing fittings and components for the furniture industry since 1962. The Europa-2 drawer demonstrates Indaux's knowledge of its market and customers' needs. The complete one-piece steel drawer arrives assembled and is available in 300, 400, 450, 500, 600, 800, 900 and 1000mm w...

SMEs can utilise free web-based technology to improve cash flow

...ruggling to access finance because they are not presenting their management accounts in the correct format to the finance and credit industry. The news follows the latest research from the Forum of Private Business, commissioned by CreditPal, the free accounts analysis system for SMEs. The survey found that 96% of the SME respondents have imp...

'Pure inspiration' draws Ken to Novellini

...s largest producer of bathroom and showering products, has announced the appointment of Ken Mercer, formerly regional contracts manager (SE) for Roman, as sales manager SE for Novellini UK. Ken brings 15 years' experience of the industry to the role and swells the national sales force at Novellini to 12. Ken says of his appointment: "The Novellini ...

Training for the KBB industry: first 12 delegates of 2010 put through their paces

This year's first one day KBB sales and customer care course was held at the Whirlpool training centre in Croydon on Wednesday. Twelve delegates took part in the course, which is designed to give people the skills required to increase conversion rates and improve profitability on installations. To date 380 delegates have attended the course whi...

New brochure adds culture to the bathroom

...become synonymous with the Laufen brand. The introductory pages of Bathroom Culture set the tone for all that follows, illustrating perfectly quality and design innovation which Laufen represents. Meanwhile, the stunning room-set photography used throughout shows the product ranges at their very best, spread over double pages to make the brochur...

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... encouraging recycling - thus helping the environment. Seems like a good idea to me... The 'cash for appliance clunkers' rebate programme has a pot of $300m. Those taking advantage of the scheme can be awarded up to $200 for the purchase of an energy efficient appliance, through discounts given at the cash register when they make their purchase,...

Siamp rises to the challenge to raise money for African charities

Siamp UK joined forces with industry colleagues and people from across the world to tackle a tough fundraising challenge in South Africa. Siamp managing director Stuart Lorne took part in the eight day Enduro Africa Challenge, a 1500-mile off-road motorcycle trip along South Africa’s rugged Wild Coast, to raise money for the Nelson M...

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...oughout the event. I have to agree with Judge Damian Walton, who believes it is hugely important for the next generation to feel that the industry and professionals within it are interested. "Product is all about design and if you don't invest in design, you won't progress the products," he argued. There were three categories in the competiti...

Indesit wins Good Design award 2009 with the Quadrio

For the third year running Indesit Company has received a Good Design Award for industrial design. After Scholtés's Multiplo cooking vessel in 2009 and the Indesit Moon washing machine (in the 'Bathroom' category) in 2008, the 2009 award went to Hotpoint-Ariston's Quadrio fridge in the domestic appliances section. Granted by the Chi...

iF Product Design Award 2010

For over 50 years the iF design award has served as a recogniSed trademark for outstanding design all over the world. This year the jury gave its professional opinion on the design quality of entries in 16 product categories and noted that - especially in economically uncertain times - design is a decisive factor in terms of market success an...

'Next' kitchen collection from Schueller makes great design affordable

The 'next' collection for 2010 is a new modern kitchen classic featuring a streamlined cubic shape, new innovative materials and door designs all with the promise of making great design affordable. The collection includes 'next125' and the handle-less 'nextline' range, which rival premium brands for the finish and the fixtures, but offered at...

Mereway Bathrooms kick off new launch this coming Monday

...le. Aegean; (pictured) is a stylish paneled raised and fielded design that has helped Mereway cater for the traditional end of the market for many years. As this market is showing signs of strengthening, Mereway has given Aegean a makeover, introducing two beautiful warming woodgrains; a Warm Maple and Warm Cherry finish, with matching or contrasti...

Tiles anywhere and everywhere

...s the hall blends into the dining room, which merges with the kitchen and melts into the lounge. Go for the latest porcelain, natural stone lookalikes in trendy pale beige or cream. They provide a neutral background to the rest of your furnishings and are extremely robust and hard wearing. Ring the seasonal changes with colourful rugs - cool pastel...

20-20 Fusion welcomes Pilkington's Tiles Group to its fast-growing catalogue portfolio

20-20 Fusion, the renowned developer of advanced design and visualisation software for the kitchen and bathroom industry, is delighted to announce the addition of Pilkington's to its fast-growing portfolio of manufacturer catalogues. Pilkington's will be represented across both the Fusion Bathrooms and Kitchens platforms with the inclusion of...

Thermastone: for the design conscious kitchen connoisseur

...cookers. The hob - comprised of two gas burners and an electric solid surface Chef's Plate, perfect for simmering, sizzling and sauteing, all powered separately from the ovens - unusually offers users the option of adjustable heat storage temperatures throughout the summer months, without compromising its slick and exclusive look, perfectly matched...

Lawmakers join forces to 'waterproof' EU policies

...water industry and the relationship between water, health and biodiversity," he continued. The informal MEP and stakeholder group was set up with the support of Eureau, the European federation of national drinking and waste water operators, which will also manage the intergroup's secretariat.[TRIMTO] At their inaugural meeting, stakeholders s...

Lee Hobbins joins Utopia

Utopia Bathroom Group has announced the appointment of Lee Hobbins as Contract Area Sales Manager for the South East. Lee joins Utopia from Porcelanosa where he spent seven years in a variety of roles. His most recent position was Area Sales Manager for the South Eastern region, where he was responsible for a team targeting the house builder m...

Return to Zehnder!

...ny began producing central heating radiators in 1930 and has been a major supplier to the UK market for over 30 years. Zehnder (retail): Tel: 01252 531207 Fax: 01252 531201 Email: retailsales@zehnder.co.uk ...

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen helps citizens 'age in place'

... president and CSO of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen. "We're finding that adults over 50 are looking for ways to refresh their existing residence as opposed to moving into age-restricted communities. Today's mature population is more independent than ever, so they're bucking the trend of downsizing." Doug says the following remodels can perform doub...

Jade Allen joins 20-20 Fusion’s dynamic sales team

...re specialist, is delighted to announce the appointment of Jade Allen as its new Area Sales Manager for the North of England. Jade comes from a sales background, having worked for a Manchester-based PR agency where she learned the value of nurturing strong business relationships with clients and customers. Coupled with her local knowledge, this ...

New cooperation between Keller Kitchens and Bruynzeel Kitchens

...chen factories. Due to the combined strength of these two established companies, a solid foundation for expansion of the group over Europe has been laid. "We are really pleased that this union represents no negative consequences for our employees; the move is entirely positive," says Willem Keller, MD of Keller Kitchens. "I will remain as Managi...

Franke helps provide a touch of luxury

...also want quality and durability," explains Paul Collier, Kitchen Business Manager at Leekes. "Therefore choosing Franke as our preferred supplier for cooker hoods, taps and sinks was a logical decision." T: 0161 436 6280 F: +44 (0)161 436 2180 E: info.uk@franke.com W: www.franke.co.uk ...

Zero from MHS Radiators - a high output alternative to steel panels

...lable, (from 373mm to 823mm) and eight lengths (422mm to 2,044mm). All sizes are lightweight enough for one person to fit. The Zero's aluminium construction means the radiators can be recycled at the end of their lives, reducing their impact on the environment. Thanks to their stylish and simple design, Zero radiators will fit in with any commer...

Rangemaster introduces three new colours to popular Professional+ Range Cooker

..., a colour injection through stylish, cotemporary appliances is the perfect way to enhance and transform. Rangemaster's new additions of sleek black, vibrant cranberry (pictured) or opulent cream to the Professional+ range is sure to be the splash of colour any tired kitchen needs. This new colour palette is available on both the Professional+ 90 a...

Secret to long-term business success (as the economy recovers) revealed...

...up to the dedicated Shaping the Future network. The interim report, 'Sustainable organisation performance: what really makes the difference?' identifies the key areas that organisations need to consider on their journey to sustainable organisation performance. To successfully implement change and achieve sustainability, the report concludes that...

Nearly 40% of CEOs worldwide plan to increase workforce in 2010

With their worst fears of prolonged recession behind them, CEOs' confidence for future growth has bounced back from the gloomy prospects of a year ago, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers 13th Annual Global CEO Survey, released on Wednesday at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos. This rising confidence has translated into a planned...

There's nothing like a good bubbly!

Taking a bath has just become cause for celebration! Renowned UK bathroom specialist Frontline, has three new fabulous free-standing baths to entice you to luxuriate in the tub... The Aquabathe range, exclusive to Frontline, is a clever fusion of contemporary and lavish design. With sumptuous lines, the curvaceous Pano bath is one to admir...

Croydex welcomes Damixa to the UK with huge KBB giveaway

...e manufacturer Damixa, whose products are to be showcased at the KBB 2010. Croydex, now responsible for the Damixa brand in the UK, will be kicking off this exciting development with a 'not to be missed' promotion. Damixa has been eager to regain its foothold in the UK market since its management buy-out last year. President of Damixa, Kim Ke...

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...cturers Association, which represents 75 well-known bathroom brands in the UK, has been shortlisted for a major eco-award. The BMA has made it to the finals of the ‘Sustain Magazine Awards 2010’ for its work in designing and developing the UK standard for Water Efficient Product Labelling. The scheme is shortlisted in the WATER categ...

Nationally important Tap into Savings project launched in Surrey

...sources." The Tap into Savings survey revealed that many local residents already save resources. For example: * 58% of people regularly turn off the tap when cleaning their teeth * 77% of people hardly ever leave the tap running when washing dishes * 66% of people hardly ever boil more water than they need in the kettle * 85% of people recycle r...

'Don't take risks with jobs recovery', CIPD and British Chambers of Commerce tell Mandelson

...g a 'jobs-light' economic recovery. In a joint letter to Peter Mandelson, the Secretary of State for Business, the CIPD and BCC warned of the consequences of the 1% increase in employers' National Insurance Contributions scheduled for April 2011, and recommended a freeze in the youth and development rates of the National Minimum Wage to avoid co...

US NKBA President Mark Karas announces goals for 2010

...dent of the US National Kitchen & Bath Association, Mark L. Karas, CMKBD, has stated four areas for the NKBA to focus its efforts in 2010 to empower the association's members to make the most of a recovering kitchen and bath market. 1. Education and Certification - Mark's first goal for the association is to expand the NKBA's renowned educat...

Kitchen Furniture Market to grow with style in 2010

...e recession, according to a new report from MTW Research, though the kitchen industry is optimistic for 2010 as growth in demand starts to return. With the cost of the recession running to around £10 million per month in the kitchen furniture market, the recent trading environment for kitchen manufacturers and retailers has clearly been di...

New complete shower cubicle installs in just three hours

...plug and play' complete cubicles that, provided water is in place, can be fully installed and ready for use in just three hours. Novellini UK, said to be Europe's largest producer of walk-in showers, cubicles, wet rooms and shower cabin products, has developed a stylish, high quality and, competitively priced (starting from just £400 trade...

Easyquote announces re-brand

...y felt this was the ideal time to change with the major industry show giving an obvious springboard for the new brand and an opportunity to show it off to existing and prospective customers alike. Commenting on the name change, the company's Managing Director Leigh Martin remarked: "Implementing the EQ Software name change better positions our bran...

Fisher & Paykel announces Managing Director and CEO appointment

...f Operating Officer of Fisher & Paykel Appliances earlier this year and, in late September when former CEO John Bongard announced his retirement, Stuart was appointed Acting CEO to facilitate a smooth transition while a search was undertaken for the successor. Chairman Ralph Waters said that: "Given the importance of the role, the search for...

2010 Window Blinds Trends: Apollo's guide to what's set to be hot in 2010

As one of the UK's largest retailers of blinds, shutters and awnings, Apollo Blinds is at the forefront of consumer trends in the home. Apollo's head of NPD Helen Kilvington shares her forecast for window fashions for 2010 and hints at some of the exciting new products that homeowners might expect to see in the coming year. In summary Helen ...

Mark Two leads fundraising at Lads Club boxing night

Mark Two joint managing director Nick 'Hoppy' Hopkinson MBE helped raise nearly £225,000 for young people in one night. Bolton Lads and Girls Club's annual Boxing Extravaganza was organised and hosted by Hoppy, with help from the team at Bolton Lads and Girls Club. Special guest and former BLGC boxer Amir Khan joined local businesses ...

UK's No.1 contemporary interiors exhibition announces Good Design Manifesto

100% Design London is setting a new benchmark for admissions to the show this year with the announcement of The Good Design Manifesto. Developed by the show's illustrious design panel, the Manifesto sets out the clear aims and objectives from exhibitor selection and visitor inspiration to curation of the event. The 12-strong panel includes Tomo...

BOGOF in ceramic, porcelain and stone from Tile Depot

...y to run throughout March and April. Ceramic ranges available in Tile Depot's BOGOF deal include Forma Negro - wonderfully textured ceramic 31.6 x 44.7cm wall tiles in black with cut grooves to create the effect of three smaller tiles from £4.99 each, and Lorenzo - 30 x 30cm ceramic tiles in black or white from £1.79 each. Natural...

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Welcome to the KBzine There was good news for the KBB industry yesterday with the announcement by Housing Minister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to ...

Polypipe acquires ventilation business rival Silavent

...position in the UK ventilation systems market in which it already has a significant presence in the form of Polypipe Ventilation and its leading Domus product range. The Silavent brand is a good match for Polypipe's portfolio as it has a well- deserved reputation for providing excellent quality products and high levels of technical support in th...

New season, new year, new look Four Seasons

While 2009 will long be remembered for the economic downturn and the now infamous credit crunch, manufacturers such as Four Seasons, which explored new avenues and continued to invest in new products and its brand despite the tough times, are looking forward to what is hoped will be a much healthier year ahead in 2010. "The Four Seasons br...

Belling Built-in has the White Stuff

... white handles. "White appliances often get a bad press because it can be difficult to achieve a uniform pure white finish due to the need to use different substrates on different areas of the oven," admits Steve Dickson, Commercial Manager for Belling. "This can mean that the end result looks off-white and can date quickly. "By contrasting pure...

Raukantex Magic 3D offers depth-effect patterns

... of three dimensions by combining a transparent surface with a depth-effect pattern. It is ideal for worktops, carcasses, book cases, side panels, shelves and tables and opens up a host of possibilities for designers and manufacturers looking to maximise the contrasting design features of edgeband. Manufactured using a PMMA polymer, it is ava...

Frontline's Dare Devil Diver!

...; the Red Devils launched Saints 2010 home jersey recently with sponsor Frontline Bathrooms. The former St Helens and Great Britain captain took part in a charity sky dive with the Red Devils to launch the new Saints 2010 home jersey whilst raising another impressive four-figure donation to the Steve Prescott Foundation, which supports the Rugby...

Burbidge oozes natural sophistication with a splash of hessian

...ours including Sage and Ivory, with the more dramatic shades of Chilli Red and Aubergine, it's easy for consumers to create a striking statement in their kitchen. The delicate, hand-sprayed paint effect subtly reveals the natural grain patterning of the timber frontals, giving each kitchen a unique and stylish look. Inspiring even more creativit...

Rosemary Conley sees fit to use Amica hob in new show

... features with recipe demonstrations from her studio kitchen, fitted with the Amica hob. Filming for the high quality production has been taking place since January 2009, and Rosemary has used the hob to cook a variety of favourite dishes from all over the world.[TRIMTO] The channel is presented by Rosemary, alongside guest experts including ...

And in flows another award for Deva's Satinjet...

...nd the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Satinjet Awatea Hi-Rise Adjustable Arm was chosen for its impressive water and energy saving capabilities and innovative design. "We are delighted that such a highly regarded judging panel has bestowed this accolade on the Satinjet Awatea Hi-Rise Adjustable Arm," comments Deva Sales & Marketi...

East Coast makes three new appointments to sales team

...e & Wear & Cleveland. Dean Maynard joins as Territory Sales Manager with responsibility for South Wales, Bristol and Avon, Gloucestershire and Somerset. Dean's background includes 10 years in kitchen retail and planning. Also joining East Coast as Sales Support Representative is David Jackson. David's role will be to cover the centra...

Over 1,000 exhibitors at biggest ever Ecobuild

What is thought to be the world's biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment is bigger than ever this year, bringing together more than 1,000 suppliers of sustainable construction products at London's Earls Court on Tuesday 2nd - Thursday 4th March 2010. From big names such as Rockwool, Sika, Dimplex, Finnfores...

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Welcome to the KBzine There was good news for the KBB industry yesterday with the announcement by Housing Minister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to ...

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Welcome to the KBzine There was good news for the KBB industry yesterday with the announcement by Housing Minister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to ...

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Welcome to the KBzine There was good news for the KBB industry yesterday with the announcement by Housing Minister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to ...

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Welcome to the KBzine There was good news for the KBB industry yesterday with the announcement by Housing Minister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to ...

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Welcome to the KBzine There was good news for the KBB industry yesterday with the announcement by Housing Minister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to ...

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Welcome to the KBzine There was good news for the KBB industry yesterday with the announcement by Housing Minister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to ...

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Welcome to the KBzine There was good news for the KBB industry yesterday with the announcement by Housing Minister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to ...

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Welcome to the KBzine There was good news for the KBB industry yesterday with the announcement by Housing Minister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to ...

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Welcome to the KBzine There was good news for the KBB industry yesterday with the announcement by Housing Minister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to ...

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Welcome to the KBzine There was good news for the KBB industry yesterday with the announcement by Housing Minister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to ...

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Welcome to the KBzine There was good news for the KBB industry yesterday with the announcement by Housing Minister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to ...

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Welcome to the KBzine There was good news for the KBB industry yesterday with the announcement by Housing Minister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to ...

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Welcome to the KBzine There was good news for the KBB industry yesterday with the announcement by Housing Minister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to ...

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Welcome to the KBzine There was good news for the KBB industry yesterday with the announcement by Housing Minister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to ...

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Welcome to the KBzine There was good news for the KBB industry yesterday with the announcement by Housing Minister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to ...

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Welcome to the KBzine There was good news for the KBB industry yesterday with the announcement by Housing Minister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to ...

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Welcome to the KBzine There was good news for the KBB industry yesterday with the announcement by Housing Minister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to ...

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Welcome to the KBzine There was good news for the KBB industry yesterday with the announcement by Housing Minister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to ...

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Welcome to the KBzine There was good news for the KBB industry yesterday with the announcement by Housing Minister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to ...

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Welcome to the KBzine There was good news for the KBB industry yesterday with the announcement by Housing Minister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to ...

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...zine A number of people have picked up on the move to scrap use-by dates on some products and I for one couldn't be more delighted! I muddle along pretty well most of the year, using common sense, my eyes and my nose to judge whether the food I grab from my fridge, cupboards or fruit bowl can be safely used ('grab' says it all, doesn't it?)....

New report focuses on special needs bathroom products market - UK 2010-2014

With a growing number of elderly and disabled people in the UK, the demand for inclusively designed special needs bathroom products looks set to grow. With revisions to Document Part M in 2006, special needs bathroom products will continue to be installed in a wider range of domestic and commercial end-use applications. These will include domestic...

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...issue of KBZine prior to our much-needed Summer break. Please continue to send us your news though, for consideration for our next issue, which will be broadcast on Friday 20th August. If you're having a break yourself this year, do enjoy it, stay safe and try and recharge your batteries. John and I certainly intend to do so! And before I say...

Take a fresh look at Westin

...uct catalogue, new signage at the company's offices, a PR campaign, direct mail, corporate clothing for staff, collateral and additional marketing material. Westin Design's Sales & Marketing Manager Ann Phillips explains: "Westin is recognised for our high quality, high performing, innovative product range - be it a customised or 'off the sh...

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...I did was attend a festival run by an eco-conscious organisation. No smelly banks of mobile loos for this lot! They'd built 'compost loos'. And while when I've read about these things in the past with horror, I didn't have any choice but to try them - and they were brilliant! Built from wood from the surrounding forest, the loos comprised cub...

Hansgrohe mourns loss of valued and respected colleague

...1 years, Niall was a well-liked and valued member of the Hansgrohe UK team with sole responsibility for special key accounts. "Niall was not only a respected colleague, but a personal friend for nearly 20 years," says UK Managing Director, Iain McKinlay. "He did not smoke and led a healthy lifestyle - he regularly used the gym, played squash and...

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...life, the work took longer than expected and - upon noticing an able bodied man delivering leaflets for what was probably a pittance, I almost called out: "Do you want a job?" Descending for a cuppa later on, I picked up the leaflet and saw that it was from a building firm. I rang and was put through to the owner, who just happened to be the man...

Growth of UK construction sector weakened, led by slowdown in residential construction, says new report

...ex posting 52.1. However, this was lower than July's reading of 54.1, signalling that growth slowed for a third successive month from the recent high recorded in May. A further increase in new work intakes supported the latest rise in activity. However, growth in both new orders and output failed to boost employment and indeed jobs continued to ...

Mereway Kitchens New English Revival Shaker Collection

A fashionable return to more traditional kitchen designs brings a brand new beginning for Mereway Kitchens this summer with the introduction of a new Revival Shaker style door for their English Revival range. Originally launched 12 years ago, the English Revival brand has remained popular and with traditional handcrafted styles seeing a hu...

New wetroom drainage system launched

...able. The innovative Drainboard system is supplied with a stainless steel housing which is suitable for direct tiling and the top access allows for easy cleaning. "Wetrooms are becoming more and more popular in the home, as part of the minimalist, contemporary look of modern bathrooms," continues John. "They are also very user-friendly for elder...

New flooring is perfect for kitchens and bathrooms

...ulti-national Finsa wood products group with a sales and service division in the UK now established for over 30 years and a nationwide distribution and sales organisation. The new laminate from Faus significantly enhances choice and quality for kitchens and bathroom and, of course, can be extended into any other part of the home. T: Oscar San...

Gorenje welcomes decision to scrap use-by dates

Gorenje, the Slovenian manufacturer famed for its creative and innovative appliances, welcomes the decision by food manufacturers to scrap use-by dates on some products. Around £10 billion worth of food is dumped every year, and it is estimated that each household throws away £400 of food a year, with many consumers disposing of mea...

Mix and match showering solutions from Damixa

...egant design with unrivalled practical features, all Damixa showers are thermostatically controlled for maximum safety, offering anti-scalding protection by way of a thermostatic and physical limiter, ensuring that the 'full hot' selection is never reached accidentally. For the eco conscious consumer, each shower also features a built-in Eco-kli...

Corporate membership is helping KBSA members beat the recession

... upmarket showrooms, usually on high streets rather than industrial units and this is the ideal platform for us to display our products to consumers." This is reiterated by Andy Wood, built in sales director of Hoover Candy Group who joined the KBSA earlier this year. He says: "Hoover Candy became a corporate member during 2010 as part of a w...

HiB flying high with its new Icarus and Apollo stainless steel mirrored cabinets

...HiB. "What HiB designers have achieved is to take an established material and add innovation in the form of design application and the clever use of perfect mirror surfaces." Of the five cabinets (three small and two large) in the range, four use a mirror attached to the bathroom wall to give reflections both open and closed - Dione, Atlas, Meli...

Historic refurbishment gains steam-free bathroom mirrors

...o completion in 15 weeks by Fileturn Limited. Demista heated mirror pads are specified worldwide for residential dwellings, hotels, boats, sports facilities. These simple ultra slim heating pads come in a very wide range of sizes and can also be custom-made to special order. They conform to all international standards and are very low cost to ru...

Tradesmen be warned - mind your Ps and Qs

It's time for tradesmen to put down their tools and pick up an etiquette book, as a nationwide survey by the Electrical Contactors' Association has revealed that good manners are top of the list for householders picking a tradesman. A massive 78% of homeowners said that after a good price and strong reputation, a polite tradesman would get thei...

Some 111.4 million European households will have smart meters by 2015

...09 and 2015 to reach 111.4 million at the end of the period. Providing consumers with detailed information about their electricity consumption, the new generation of meters gives customers control over energy costs and creates financial incentives for energy savings. Moreover smart meters constitute the core building blocks in future smart gr...

Soapbox: Tips to turn around struggling businesses

by Adrian Kirby Adrian Kirby is one of the UK's leading entrepreneurs with a passion for property, the environment and investment. In recent years he has thrown his hat into the private equity sector and he boasts a proven track record in helping struggling businesses turn around their fortunes - investing both his time and investor capital ...

Winner of Britain's Oldest Fridge search chooses new fridge freezer

...elivery of his new Whirlpool fridge freezer to his home: "This is a fabulous prize and I am looking forward to the huge difference it will make. It was silly to hold onto the old model when a new one is much more effective and environmentally friendly, and will save me a considerable sum of money every year." Mr. Garrod's new Whirlpool WBC3546 A...

MFI to reassemble

... plumbing business the Walker Group, have bought the rights to the MFI brand from administrator MCR for £250,000 and are set to relaunch the company, two years after its collapse due to the credit crunch. The 111-strong chain, which was a popular first port of call for those seeking a decent-priced kitchen and advice on how to design it, w...

New models join latest Blancoair extractor range

... of which stay true to the original design brief of the range: to combine quality of build, high performance and low noise emissions with optimum efficiency at price points to attract the mid to low-end markets. Energy efficiency is achieved with lower powered motors using less energy, made possible as a result of the advanced technology of the ...

Water For People announces new Board of Directors

Water For People, the international, non-profit humanitarian organisation that focuses on long-lasting, safe drinking water resources and improved sanitation facilities in the developing world, has announced today the individuals that will join the newly structured Water For People Board of Directors. In line with the organisation's 2010-2014 S...

Tap into Savings survey shows residents are already water wise

...owers waste. Simple water saving devices are fitted to reduce waste without changing the look or performance of existing fixtures. Electricity and gas saving devices are also offered as part of the home visits, which may help save about £50 a year in total on household bills. Residents also are invited to attend EcoTeam meetings to discuss...

FIRA teams with Brunel University to offer free design projects to member companies

... the opportunity to benefit from a valuable free design and development service. FIRA is looking for short research and design projects which would constitute coursework assignments for about 60 design students. Brunel Design Department has some of the top design students in the UK and FIRA is linking with the teaching team to bring real-life de...

The Price is right as Simon joins Moores sales team

...up, leading manufacturer of quality kitchen and bathroom furniture, has strengthened its sales team for the contract sector with the appointment of Simon Price as Business Development Manager covering the South West of England. With more than 13 years' experience of working in the kitchen industry, covering everything from manufacturing through ...

Dot & Dab won't do!

... What is more worrying is that some so called tile fixers also dot & dab. The British Standard for tiling, BS5385, the code of practice for fixing wall and floor tiles, makes it quite clear precisely how tiles should be fixed so if you are employing a tiler make sure that they follow this code of practice. But how can you be sure that you a...

Hansgrohe's iPhone/iPod Touch app aids easy planning

... In tune with the very latest in modern technology, Hansgrohe presents what it believes is a first for the bathroom industry - an innovative and fun planning tool for its PuraVida bathroom collection called Hansgrohe@Home. This takes the form of a free iPhone or iPod Touch application that allows you to upload an image of the PuraVida basin mixer ...

Whirlpool's new fridge freezer extends freshness up to 50% longer

Whirlpool is passionate about food preservation. Not only is food essential to life, for consumers food is ranked as part of enjoyment as well as being key to good health. There is a major focus on diet today and the desire for healthy and fresh food to cope with the pace of modern life and keep in good shape is top of mind for most. Research ...

Andrew Lillywhite, former Director of Waterline, joins BCG

Andrew Lillywhite, Waterline's former Logistics Director, has this week joined the leadership team of kitchen, bathroom and heating distributor BCG, as the new Commercial and Operations Director. Andrew's remit will include all accountability for the commercial, operations and customer service departments with responsibility for over 50 members of...

V-Zug UK joins Johnny Grey for Decorex

...ting the World renowned appliances from the V-Zug Futureline collection. "Johnny has been at the forefront of innovation in UK kitchen design for many years, always driving new ideas and positive change within the industry," says Kevin John, Sales & Marketing Director of V-Zug UK. "We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with Johnn...

KitchenAid's powerful hood is on an island of its own!

It might be hard to believe for those of a certain vintage, but cooker hoods are now seriously challenging other glamorous kitchen appliances for iconic status as fashion and lifestyle statements. The dowdy and noisy models of 10 or 15 years ago now seem a lifetime away as consumers are romanced by hoods with show-stopping designs and state-of-th...

Kaldewei UK opens its doors

...hirlpool baths and a fully-equipped training facility allows Kaldewei to host a variety of seminars for selected target groups. Members of the press were given a private preview with buffet lunch between 10.00 and 15.00 and customers arrived from 16.00 for their own exclusive event where a perfect Summer evening provided the backdrop for a tasty...

Mark David Enterprises trains

...while Kim Rochester, area sales manager says: "I found the course to be extremely useful and I look forward to putting my new skills into practise." Mark Evans, Managing Director, is delighted that the company took the decision to host the course and tells us he will be looking to extend the course out to the company's network of dealers. To ...

Symmetrical design at its best!

...plete re-design of the original. The sink's large 390 x 445mm bowl configuration, which is ideal for large pots and pans, is popular for hardworking, stylish kitchens. The new Alpina design features a modern drainer pattern which incorporates the tap ledge within the overall design of the drainer. Available in a stylish stainless steel silk f...

Kitchen Tune-Up adds recolouring and glazing services

...Dorn, Kitchen Tune-Up's Senior Vice President, explains: "Kitchen Tune-Up is always on the look-out for trends and wants of our clients. Glazing has been a hot trend for the last few years. "With our new technique, our clients can get a new glazed look on their existing cabinets. Also, many people with light cabinets have a desire to change the ...

BMA continues rapid growth with Altecnic

Five new members in as many months is rapid growth by any standards for a trade association. But now the BMA, the Voice of the Bathroom Industry, has swelled its ranks yet again and welcomes Altecnic to its membership "Having Altecnic on board means a lot to our Association," says Yvonne Orgill, chief executive of the BMA. "Our membership is g...

Electrolux reveals more about Design Lab competition finalists

...at composts food left on your plates, they really do make you wonder why no-one's thought of them before. Check them out on the website and then make sure you see them for yourself at 100% Design, which is taking place at London's Earls Court from 23rd to 26th September 2010. www.electroluxdesignlab.com ...

New 'International' hinge from CRL blends value with performance

CRL is to introduce the new International Series Hinge for frameless shower door applications at the end of Summer 2010. Offered in both traditional square corner and bevel edge styles, the hinges are available as wall mount with full back plate, as well as 180-degree glass-to-glass models, which essentially cover the majority of popular i...

The NKBA calls for entries to the 2011 NKBA Design Competition

... Waypoint Living Spaces, HGTVPro.com, GE Monogram, and ServicemagicPros.com, has announced the call for entries to the 2011 NKBA Design Competition. The industry competition, held annually, honours designers from across the US and Canada, who show exceptional aptitude for the incorporation of technology, beauty and creativity in their residentia...

Whirlpool's clever accessory makes it easy to use any pot or pan on an induction hob

Whirlpool is renowned for its ingenuity and the new 'Interface Disc' accessory will certainly be a great asset for those selling induction hobs! This handy accessory enables any saucepan to be used on an induction hob. As we all know the induction hob is an amazing appliance with superb eco-credentials - it is the fastest, most energy efficien...

Plan a GRAND Day out at Grand Designs Live this October!

...! Win a pair of tickets to the show KBzine have 10 pairs of tickets to the show to give away! For your chance to win them just email John Austen Exclusive offer - book now and save £££s! If you're not one of the lucky winners you can book tickets for just £10 (saving £8*) when you book in advance and quote ...

Amica to showcase brand new Platinum range at IFA 2010, Germany, 3rd - 8th September

...will be showcasing its brand new Platinum built-in range at IFA2010, the World's largest trade fair for consumer electronics and home appliances, taking place in Messe, Berlin, Germany from 3rd to 8th September. The 50th IFA exhibition promises to attract industry representatives from all over the World, who will visit the show to check out the ...

Glamorous and practical - that'll be Bushboard's Chocolate Sparkle worksurface

...temporary innovation and its Chocolate Quartz laminate worksurface brings together high fashion, performance and practicality in a single stroke. With brown tones a continuing trend theme for worksurfaces, it has a bitter chocolate colouring undercut with flecks of black making Chocolate Quartz an easy colour to design with. The laminate is also...

To all members of The Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association

...oks likely to be developing some debate about the state of the market, future prospects, who speaks for the industry, and other key topics. Please don't forget that KBSA members get discounted rates for this Conference. Our AGM will be held at 13.00, which is during the lunch break of the Conference, and lunch will be available for you at thi...

Deva registers 86 products on BMA WEPLS

...ficient Product Labelling Scheme (WEPLS), including a variety of compliant taps and shower controls for domestic and commercial markets. Trade customers will find many of the Deva firm favourites listed, including the Motif, Ikon, Insignia and Milan ranges from the Everyday Collection and the GE7000 and AZ7000 shower controls from the TMV2 appro...

Reflex points the way in new mirror styling from HiB

...B has been instantly successful. One of 13 new mirror designs, Reflex reflects the current appetite for simplicity of design combined with discreet function. The vertical fluorescent lights perfectly illuminate the face for both shaving and make up routines. The Reflex mirror is an internally back-lit design enclosed in a statement metallic fram...

Trendy Triflow from Franke

...nke Triflow Trend tap will negate the need to buy bottled water and allow consumers to do their bit for the environment. It's a stylish addition to any functional, modern kitchen."[TRIMTO] T: 0161 436 6280 Fax: +44 (0)161 436 2180 E: info.uk@franke.com W: www.franke.co.uk ...

kbb London, the capital's only dedicated kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms exhibition, has unveiled its new website.

...n June to cater to industry demand and will show products from mid to high end with dedicated areas for kitchens, bathrooms and tiles. It will cover three halls of ExCeL and target both the contract and retail sectors, providing access to the thousands of interior designers, architects, retailers, contractors, property developers, merchants, hoteliers and bar owners currently sourcing KBB products in the South East. ...

US DIY & home improvement market report just published

...wn out economic recovery without robust job growth or a quick rise in home prices doesn't bode well for a rapid rebound in the broader home improvement industry, which has already suffered three consecutive years of decline. But the longer the economy stays out of high gear the better the chances are of solid growth in the DIY portion of the market...

Whirlpool's new Fusion built-in collection hits the spot

...uturistic kitchen environment with a minimum yet sophisticated design. They combine steel and glass for a sleek, high-tech finish, with the top-end oven featuring an LCD touch sensitive flat control panel and an integrated handle with an advanced user interface. An invaluable strength of the Fusion range is the perfect alignment across the produ...

Sealant-taming CornerTape to be demonstrated at two exhibitions this month

...e, accurate and fast method of applying all types of sealants on tiles, baths, showers and worktops for a perfectly clean straight-edge finish without mess or fuss. Following the launch of CornerTape into Plumb Center branches nationwide, the sealant-taming product system will be demonstrated on the Plumb Center stand at InstallerLive 2010, the ...

AEG washing machine has A-30% energy efficiency and new load sensor

...olux Lavamat L84950A3 washing machine with its new load sensor and 'SuperEco' programme is a top performing, super efficient washing machine that gives you fantastic results every time. Its energy efficiency rating of A-30% means it's 30% more energy efficient than an A rated washing machine. Another highlight is the new load sensor which weighs th...

9th UK Natural Stone returns to ExCeL, London

The showcase event for the UK stone industry returns to London's premier exhibition venue, ExCeL from 15th - 17th March 2011. Set within a stunning waterfront environment in the dynamic and thriving Docklands, just a stone's throw away from Canary Wharf, ExCeL offers a world class facility for visitors and exhibitors alike. The recent completio...

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Siamp UK's new Uni-Siphon universal siphon eliminates the need for merchants to hold multiple sizes in stock. Adjustable from 7.5 to 9.5 inches and suitable for all high and low level applications, it is manufactured to WRAS, Kiwa and NF standards and comes in two parts for quick and easy installation and maintenance. T: 0161 205 1200 / E: i...

Sheer quality: the Stalto Professional tap from Abode

...ve styling with multiple functionality. This majestically tall stainless steel tap has been created for people who want the perfect blend of design, performance and sheer quality. The tap is designed to complement a contemporary kitchen without dominating the space. The moveable spout and single lever operation allows for one-handed control of f...

KitchenAid's double dishwasher is super functional

For those who like their dishwashers to be super discreet and super functional, KitchenAid's flexible Dishwasher Drawer represents a special touch of luxury. This spacious and versatile built-in model, offering an optional stainless steel door, will blend seamlessly into kitchen layouts of different sizes and formats. KitchenAid's Dishwash...

Work the look with Nuance worksurfaces in the bathroom

...er so lightly raised like real timber. Laminate worksurfaces come in 28mm thickness in two sizes for semi recessed or top mounted basins in 3050 x 360 and 3050 x 600mm. Opening up a new design dimension for the bathroom are five solid surface worktops in dramatic Black or Chocolate Sparkle or contemporary neutral tones of White Shell, Glacier...

Frontline scores with professional rugby league live

More known for its great bathroom products, it is with great excitement that leading bathroom distributor announces that its sponsorship of St Helen's (Rugby League) has led the company to star in a new PS3 game! The eagerly awaited Rugby League Live game will be available for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 on 2nd November 2010. Frontline is joining f...

Blast of future technology keeps food safely

...as launched the perfect product to ensure home-cooked food can be stored at its optimum temperature for re-heating at a later date; a great way of ensuring the whole family has access to a healthy, nutritional meal - however hectic life gets. The Department of Health suggests that in order to ensure all the goodness and nutrients remain in fresh...

Inspired cabinet design from HiB

...s in particular. The Lenny design has a deep recessed, halogen-lit mirror framed by a graciously formed door complete with soft-close which conceals a storage area to one side. The Logan design is a double-sided version with a centrally-placed mirror and storage cabinets to either side. Both cabinets demonstrate clever and practical design...

New distributor of greywater system for Spain

...management system 'Ecoplay', together with HB Systems UK, has appointed Sopactel as its distributor for Spain. The appointment comes as Spain recovers from one of the worst droughts in its history, when reservoirs were almost 50% under capacity and rainfall was around 40% of the national expected average. Sopactel, based in Barcelona, got tog...

BEAMA welcomes The Energy Saving Trust's public report

...rim findings of the UK's first domestic heat pump field trial. The report is an essential tool to inform the heat pump industry about the positive and negative impact of heat pump design, installation, commissioning and end-use. "During 2009, the installed base of heat pumps doubled with annual sales of around 14,000 units, which points towards a f...

Get your plumbing questions answered

Some plumbing problems require immediate assistance from a licensed professional, but for non-emergency plumbing tips and advice, ARS/Rescue Rooter, a privately held, nationwide provider of a plumbing, drain cleaning, air conditioning and heating in the US, offers Home Connect. This free online service puts homeowners in contact with experienced, ...

New kitchen component event is just 11 days away...

...anufacturers and distributors, has been announced. Designed to fill a conspicuous gap in the market for a UK trade exhibition of kitchen components, the first event will feature LDL Components, Blum, Peka, Wesco, Furnipart, Turnstyle and Multiwood. Kx v.10 will be held at the impressive, centrally located Blum headquarters in Milton Keynes from ...

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...ate. This new legislation updates the existing EU Late Payments Directive. The standard deadline for both public and private sectors to pay a bill for goods or services will now be 30 days. The Commission's initial proposal in practice left the deadline open for debtor and creditor to agree, but Parliament's negotiators succeeded in persuading M...

Leader Extension (20/09/2010)

...ate. This new legislation updates the existing EU Late Payments Directive. The standard deadline for both public and private sectors to pay a bill for goods or services will now be 30 days. The Commission's initial proposal in practice left the deadline open for debtor and creditor to agree, but Parliament's negotiators succeeded in persuading M...

News in Brief

...tary Products has launched a bath mixer fixing kit incorporating a patented 'quick release' tap platform which enables taps to be repaired or replaced in minutes rather than hours and without the usual problems of having to pull out the bath and disturb tiling. T: 01355 241 111 / E: sales@alliancegb.com Aspace, renowned for creating practical ...

Running for the toilet!

...s 14 mins and 2 hrs 5 mins respectively to complete the 20.1km/13.1 mile course. Ripples has joined forces with UK charity Wherever the need (WTN), which provide secosan (composting) toilets and clean drinking water to those less fortunate than us in the UK. Ripples is hoping to raise £22,000 for the village of Arasur which is five miles f...

Graeme Freedman joins bespoke kitchen company - Figura

...igner, has appointed Graeme Freedman as senior designer at its Chiddingfold showroom, close to Guildford, in Surrey. Graeme has been designing handmade kitchens for Crabtree Kitchens for over 12 years and will be bringing his outstanding skills to Figura to create the individually designed, truly original kitchens for which the company is so wel...

KBSA recognises supplier excellence

...r kind that represent the views of retailers and not a panel of judges. The winners include Neff for best product supplier and Miele for best training provider, while a joint award went to Omega and Mereway Kitchens/Wentworth for best display support. Retailers voted for their top companies as part of the 2009/10 KBSA supplier survey, which h...

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Hi Jan, Just a big thank-you for covering the news about the death of Niall Geldard in last week's issue of the K&BZine. This was very timely as it was his funeral that morning and many of his colleagues and friends from Hansgrohe attended. With best wishes Tracy, Esprit PR T: 01428 714546

Take off with Magnet Trade's Autumn Flights promotion

Magnet Trade customers will be rewarded for their spend this Autumn with free flights to Europe and beyond. The 'Flight Rewards' promotion offers two return flight tickets to account holders who spend £2000 (ex VAT) or more during September and October. There are 19 European and Worldwide destinations to choose from. The higher the spend, th...

Just nine days to Decorex International

...London is a frenzy of design excitement. The marquee is being constructed and the building underway for this year's interiors feast. Why should you take the time out of your busy working week to attend Decorex International? Read on... Enter via The Garden Room, a beautiful array of floral and fauna and stunning pieces to stimulate your desig...

New appointments made at KBSA AGM

.... Martin Thomas brings a wealth of experience to the chair as he has been involved with the KBSA for 25 years. During this time he has held the position of national chair and been active on the board on three occasions, most recently as Scotland's Regional Chair. Martin's career began in Northern Ireland and he has spent the last eight years ...

Baumatic and E-cloth add sparkle to the kitchen

...and grease into the material. So a sparkling, smear-free finish is easily achieved without the need for abrasive cleaning chemicals. Customers purchasing promotional packs of E-cloth can enter a competition to win one of five Baumatic BRC4IV range cookers, each worth around £2,500, by answering a simple question and sending their details e...

Furniture built to last a lifetime: new brochure available

...ad, Kent.[TRIMTO] Its service is second to none and the company offers a flexible design service for all its furniture and appliances. In its showroom it has a wide selection of displays and there is always a designer on hand to help. For further information on showroom location, opening hours and the full scope of Chamber's service: T: 01959...

Be fully supported with Autumn seminars

Leading CAD software developer for the kitchen and bathroom industries, 20-20 Fusion, will be running a series of free seminars for its supported customers this Autumn, to ensure they are getting the most out of their software and to bring them up to date with the latest developments available. The Fusion Care Seminars will kick off in Nov...

Myth-busting truths about using a dishwasher by AEG-Electrolux

... you simply can't live without one once you have had one! Many people still justify their reason for not having one because "they guzzle so much water and energy". In fact this is one of the biggest myths. Just take a look at what a dishwasher holds - 12 place settings or 120 pieces of cutlery and crockery. Now - can you imagine washing all thes...

FIRA reinvigorates Innovation Award: Italiana Ferramenta wins with new range of cabinet hangers

...ard is Italiana Ferramenta, which specialises in producing high quality accessories and ironmongery for the furniture industry and gained the Award for its LIBRA H1 range of cabinet hangers and wall plates. "The Innovation Award provides a number of key benefits, for both our customers and our business," says Luigi Rossetto, sales manager at Ita...

Exciting new wall tile ranges to inspire...

Whether you're looking for something subtle or bold, the new ceramic tile ranges from British Ceramic Tile offer a range of options to suit a variety of tastes and styles. The new designs are ideal for use in high profile areas such as hotels, bars and restaurants or are equally at home, specified for residential installations. The new ...

Wolf celebrates 10 years with Sub-Zero

...ts every time whether it's boiling an egg or preparing a multi-course dinner.[TRIMTO] By joining forces with Sub-Zero, Wolf has pushed the boundaries of appliance design, with patented intelligent functions that remain exclusive to Wolf and hand-built stainless steel appliances that stand the test of time. The extensive product line includes sta...

Desire: Carron Phoenix's latest tap creation

... and elegant in appearance, Desire has uncompromisingly high standards of functionality and high performance. "Taking account of retailer feedback and the popularity of our coloured taps that match our granite sinks, we know there is a definite demand growing for a wider choice of finishes," comments Neil Clark, sales and marketing director at C...

Leader

...itional costs in the supply chain and playing havoc with kbb retailers' pricing levels. "It is unfortunate that this Energy Surcharge is being applied at a time when retailers have to look so hard at all of their costs," commented Graham Ball, CEO of the KBSA.  It is an unnecessary extra burden to businesses at such a difficult and critical...

News in Brief

...kitchen and bedroom specialist Betta Living has announced the opening of two new showrooms in Staffordshire and another in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. T: 0800 269 945 Brabantia has launched an all-metal bathroom bin.The Slide Bin De Luxe has a clever opening mechanism and can be wall-mounted or stood on a flat surface. T: 0845 602 4877 Merlyn ...

Lifeline for firms with just one week left to claim backdated small business rate relief

...sing out on at least £200 million in backdated rate relief are being thrown a lifeline in the form of a free online claims system. Unless they lodge claims by the 30th September deadline, businesses occupying commercial premises between 1st April 2007 and April 2010 could miss out on backdated small business rate relief, which, according t...

UK 'a nation of water wasters'

...of awareness around sustainable water usage in the UK and the fact that there are plenty of options for the bathroom out there which will help people to save water and money at the same time."     Ideal Standard has more than 300 products registered on the Bathroom Manufacturer Association's water efficient labelling scheme. The c...

Exciting laminate worktops from DK

...roducts supplier DK Distribution has an exciting and imaginative range of quality laminate worktops for immediate delivery. The 40mm bull nosed worktops have been specially selected to compliment DK's beautiful range of doors and kitchens. The 14 worktop designs offer various finished and effects including the fascinating white and black spark e...

KitchenAid presents the ultimate in food and wine storage

... to expert standards, from the best materials and rigorous attention to detail.  It is a dream for the serious wine connoisseur, storing a total of 188 bottles that will mature the finest of wines by replicating the conditions found in only the best wine cellars i.e. stable temperature, correct humidity and little or no vibration. Standards...

Rehau invites visitors to live demonstration of new laser edge

... the technology has been demonstrated in the UK and the event is designed to enable visitors to see for themselves the flawless moulded look which can be achieved when the edgeband is applied to board edges. Representatives from Rehau, Homag and tools specialist Leitz will be giving presentations on the benefits of the laser welding process over...

Superpan - the advanced substrate from Finsa

Multi-national board specialist Finsa is known for developing advanced products through exclusive manufacturing techniques and market-led innovation. Superpan is one such product, especially developed for the MFC products market and now seen as the optimum substrate for the latest high gloss finishes and photo-realistic patterns and grains. ...

BMA supports the Prince's START

...eatures on the Prince's START website. (www.startuk.org/save-water/water-saving-products.aspx) Before boarding the Royal train, Prince Charles said: "What I hope to get across, to as many people as possible, is that however awful a predicament we face with climate change and the unsustainable use of the natural resources that keep us all alive, ...

California Building Standards Commission reinforces importance of NSF International Plumbing Standard

The California Building Standards Commission now references NSF International's plumbing standard in the latest version of the California Plumbing Code for water piping systems. NSF/ANSI Standard 14: Plastics Piping System Components and Related Materials is recognised by code and regulatory officials, manufacturers and plumbers to verify the p...

Retailers shift focus to sweat budgets

... buy' widens, retail brands are under increasing pressure to produce better and more photography... for less.  Here, Andy Rosson from Hangar Seven - one of the UK's largest commercial photographic studios - and brand managers from some of the agency's clients - Sainsbury's, Fired Earth, Betta Living and Silentnight - comment on trends emerg...

Retailers halve waste sent to landfill

...ium.  This is an update on the comprehensive set of goals signed by retailers two years ago for reducing the environmental impact of their businesses by 2013.  Retailers have also achieved an 18% reduction between 2005 and 2010 in both: - Energy-related emissions from buildings  - Carbon dioxide emissions from transportin...

New guidance highlights importance of managing stress during economic strife

...niversity, also highlights recent cases where employers have faced significant compensation payouts for failing to identify and prevent stress adequately. In addition it provides advice on how employers can tackle stress through good people management. Dame Carol Black, national director for health & work, comments: "It is in employers' inte...

Tap into Savings comes to Braintree

... pleased to bring Tap into Savings to the district," says Mary Blake, the local Project Facilitator for Tap into Savings.  "This project will install up to £30 worth of products in homes and help residents save water, gas and electricity, which will help reduce household bills by up to £50 a year and protect local water supplies, p...

Leader

...itional costs in the supply chain and playing havoc with kbb retailers' pricing levels. "It is unfortunate that this Energy Surcharge is being applied at a time when retailers have to look so hard at all of their costs," commented Graham Ball, CEO of the KBSA.  It is an unnecessary extra burden to businesses at such a difficult and critical...

News in Brief

...kitchen and bedroom specialist Betta Living has announced the opening of two new showrooms in Staffordshire and another in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. T: 0800 269 945 Brabantia has launched an all-metal bathroom bin.The Slide Bin De Luxe has a clever opening mechanism and can be wall-mounted or stood on a flat surface. T: 0845 602 4877 Merlyn ...

Leader

... the dossier, Michel Barnier, proposed to maintain English, French and German as official languages for an EU patent, which means that everything would no longer need to be translated into all official EU languages. Under this proposal, applicants would be able to file a patent in their own language, but would have to have it translated into one...

SOAPBOX: BMA welcomes Part F

...nt as it applies to bathrooms. The new Approved Document F concerns the ventilation requirements for buildings, replaces the 2006 edition and comes in to force today. Changes to the legal requirements have been made and new technical guidance has been published.  The BMA welcomes the changes. The new regulations are an essential mileston...

News in Brief

...and Kitchen offers features two islands that separate the kitchen into clearly defined zones... one for the cooking area and one for the food preparation and wet area. Searle & Taylor Kitchens : 01962 850 851 Three Gorenje appliances were chosen as prizes on the latest episode of ITV's All Star Family Fortunes. Host Vernon Kay introduce...

Aga Rayburn launches home energy management centre

... be the first of its kind in the UK. The Home Energy Management Centre acts as a 'one-stop-shop' for installers, self-builders, architects and homeowners to find out more about renewable energy and energy management in the home. The Centre also demonstrates how different types of heating and renewable energy products can be linked together wi...

Amica's built-in goes Platinum as new collection celebrates UK debut

...firsts include what is thought to be the first mid-market combination steam oven expected to retail for under £700 and mobile-phone-like touch controls. Amica Platinum is functional with an exclusive range of innovative, practical, highly saleable features for households of all kitchen abilities, with a choice of four ovens, four chimney e...

Chalon's new Knutsford showroom opens for business

...itchens, bathrooms and freestanding furniture, is pleased to announce that its new showroom in Knutsford, Cheshire, is open for business. Conveniently located at 50 King Street, it is part of the central town shopping footprint and is positioned in what is already a well-established hub for the luxury kitchen market.  The doors have officia...

Huppe unveils partner showroom in the South East

...and Hansgrohe represent similar brand values, product quality, engineering capability and a passion for design led products and their converging design ideals have led the two Masco companies to rethink their marketing strategies. It was felt that the ideal solution would be to create an inspirational environment where all their showering products ...

IDS introduces comprehensive new Panel Guide for customers

Nationwide surface materials distributor IDS has produced a comprehensive new Panel Guide for customers.  The 20 page full colour brochure sets outs the company's extensive panel offer in an easy reference format covering all the major brands on offer including Kronoswiss, Kronospan Chirk, Finsa, Kaindl Austria and Thermopal.  ...

LDL event a 'Bluming' success!

...luding the extensive range of solutions from Blum. The Blum UK premises proved an ideal location for the event both from its central geographical position and the excellent facilities available - including a fully current and working permanent display of Blum's latest products and innovations. Visitors representing around 80 different compani...

Whirlpool launches new Ambient built-in collection

...rating advanced technology with simple functionality, the range is designed to guarantee perfect performance and results. Importantly each element is aligned superbly to please the designer's eye and to maximise harmony of design throughout the kitchen. The ovens support the latest 'push-push' controls to create a minimalist and flush exterior. ...

Ten reasons to be at Big Tour 2010

Calling all UK Kitchen & Bathroom retailers, this one's for you... If ever there was somewhere you needed to be, then this is it!  Leading kitchen, bathroom & heating distributor, BCG, has made sure that this year's Big Tour 2010, the UK's only travelling exhibition to focus on the kitchen & bathroom industry, has something ...

Tile Depot helps transform Home for the Brave

...lighted to have helped significantly change the lives of two British soldiers by donating the tiles for a brand new wet room in a make-over by designer, Ty Pennington for a brand new five-part television series for the Home channel. The UK's largest independent tile and stone retailer offered the donation of tiles, grout and adhesive after heari...

Vado team completes Great North Run and raises £3K for charity

... be one of the hardest half marathons in the UK. They also managed to raise a brilliant £3000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and The British Heart Foundation "This is the third year Vado has entered a team into the Great North Run," says a delighted Jim Williams, Vado's Sales Director.  "I wanted to beat my personal best of two hours an...

V-Zug customers and partners to become more experienced!

...ced a series of consumer experience days and partner training days - both at Zugorama (the new name for the company's showroom at Newport Pagnell near Milton Keynes) - and at its partner retailers' own studios.  Ten nationwide V-Zug steam cooking and appliance introduction events are planned between October and the end of November.  Th...

Leader 1st October 2010

... the dossier, Michel Barnier, proposed to maintain English, French and German as official languages for an EU patent, which means that everything would no longer need to be translated into all official EU languages. Under this proposal, applicants would be able to file a patent in their own language, but would have to have it translated into o...

Leader

...tors brought in to install everything, but they were clearly to blame. If I had a change of fitters forced on me part-way through an installation I'd be a little miffed about it, but I would at least expect the replacements to be up to the job. It's unfortunate that it's taken a story such as this to highlight the need for everyone - not just co...

News in Brief

...even if there isn't much!  E: sales@bauhaus-bahrooms.co.uk Congratulations to Whirlpool for being awarded a Best Buy from 'Which?' for its new Green Generation ADP7955 dishwasher! T: 0208 649 5000 Congratulations too, to Manchester-based, family-owned, HMG Paints , which celebrates 80 years in manufacturing. Its paints and surface c...

Wolseley to introduce a new UK listed holding company

...y means of a scheme of arrangement of Wolseley under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006 and are therefore subject to shareholder approval at a court meeting and a general meeting. A circular setting out full details of the Proposals has been sent to Wolseley and a prospectus in relation to New Wolseley will be published on or around 22nd October ...

Carron Phoenix's Deca inset sink oozes practicality and style

...y. With a distinctive boxy look, the Deca range offers geometric lines with a 10mm corner radius for ease of cleaning. In keeping with the style, the base of the sink has a flat, yet sloping profile with subtle grooves running inwards to the waste, allowing water to run easily away. There are three models in the Deca range offering across the...

Illegal gas fitter sentenced

A man who falsely claimed to be a registered gas engineer has been sentenced for illegally installing gas appliances at addresses in York. Bennett Morley of Cherry Paddock, Haxby, York, was prosecuted by The Health & Safety Executive for five offences under Gas Safety legislation after complaints by householders.  York Magistrate...

Modular magic From Mereway Bathrooms' new Autumn launch

...ast basins in contemporary designs with a new range of door and drawer configurations that together form stunning new modular basin units.  All offer a freestanding look whilst retaining the flexibility of Mereway Bathrooms' much loved Infinity fitted range.   The new vanity units are topped with the smooth new Linea basin; available i...

Pyramis Metallourgia 'one of the 'strongest companies in Greece', says ICAP

...est Companies'. Pyramis Metallourgia is a production and trading company of integrated solutions for the kitchen and bathroom. It is one of the top five companies of the sector worldwide (production of 1,500,000 sinks annually). In Greece it is considered to be a leader in the market of stainless steel sinks. The company is particularly expor...

New interactive website for Shaws of Darwen

...g visuals as well as full specification sizes.  The website brings to the browser all the information required to make their choice of sink, basket strainer wastes and to complete 'the look', traditional and contemporary bridge, monobloc and single lever taps, in a variety of finishes. Combined within the site is a plethora of informatio...

PeopleChecking stress the importance of background checks

..., reveal that regardless of the recession, conducting the necessary background checks is imperative for employers who are on a recruitment drive. Due to the year-on-year increasing amount of university applicants, the shortage of spaces available for them, and the increasing competition amongst recent graduates to secure a job in the UK, unemplo...

Rugby League legend cooks up a celebration at GDHA

...ured in Prescot, Merseyside.  And in the week that Keiron made his final playing appearance for St Helens, after 17 years with the club, he found time to pop in to meet the GDHA team. Keiron, who was recently named as St Helen's greatest ever player and had a statue unveiled in his honour, spent time chatting to fans around the factory a...

Soapbox: Bathroom manufacturers do their bit for the water crisis

... human water security or biodiversity. This confirms, yet again, what we have been worried about for some time. Our members began looking at what they could do to help several years ago. They were inspired to design and develop innovative bathroom products which were super water efficient yet still gave the user the bathing experience he had bec...

Stevenage furniture body celebrates 60 years and a new strategy for growth

...rniture Ombudsman, which works in partnership with furniture retailers to provide dispute solutions for consumers, also has its expert team based here.  The Ombudsman, too, is growing in reputation and there are a number of initiatives under way to raise its profile across the UK."  Stephen McPartland, MP, answered, saying:  "As M...

Warming drawers from KitchenAid - a vital addition for a busy kitchen

...ant EasyClean stainless steel, KitchenAid's warming drawers offer consistently professional results for the busy cook. They have near identical features, although the more powerful KSDX 2910 has seven settings compared to the three settings of its smaller sister. Caroline Guillermard, Product Marketing Manager, Premium, for KitchenAid, says: ...

Water For People hosts first Accountability Summit at WEFTEC

On Tuesday, Water For People hosted its first Accountability Summit during the 83rd Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition & Conference held in New Orleans. CEO Ned Breslin invited peer organisations, donors and stakeholders to view Water For People's data, discuss the implications, and ask tough questions about the organisa...

CaesarStone the ideal choice for Poggenpohl

CaesarStone quartz surfaces were the idyllic choice for the show room at the Greystones Development, supplied by premium kitchen manufacturer Poggenpohl (St Albans), for a stunning and flawless finish. The contemporary show home kitchen in the Greystones Development required a striking surface which had practical and durable qualities needed f...

With Lima, sophisticated sleekness is ingrained

...s to create a kitchen which is as individual as they are, while every drawer and door is soft-close for that added bit of luxury. As with all Four Seasons kitchen, quality comes built in with Lima, which is available with an oak carcase made up of 18mm panels for maximum durability that will last a lifetime. So confident is Four Seasons of the q...

Whirlpool launches 'best ever' range of resource-saving appliances

Caring for the planet as well as our pockets can be tough during challenging economic times. Opting for an environmentally friendly lifestyle impacts on household bills and sticking to our ethics is not always feasible. The Whirlpool Green Generation is a new range of top-quality, Italian designed and European built appliances that will save money...

Leader 8th October

...tors brought in to install everything, but they were clearly to blame. If I had a change of fitters forced on me part-way through an installation I'd be a little miffed about it, but I would at least expect the replacements to be up to the job. It's unfortunate that it's taken a story such as this to highlight the need for everyone - not jus...

Leader

...eal run on appliances and queues of householders wanting their kitchens and bathrooms refurbished before the rise in VAT would make their project "unaffordable". Tradespeople were expected to stockpile parts while VAT was at the lower rate, causing problems for their suppliers because they would hardly be spending once it had gone up. Tho...

News in Brief

Renowned fashion designer Jeff Banks says he took inspiration for his latest collection for UK-based window blinds manufacturer Sunway Blinds , from his latest ladies fashion line. T: 0161 442 9500. Renowned for its French inspired bedroom furniture, family-run UK manufacturer, Newtons , has given its gorgeous Louis Rattan and Louis Padded ...

Bali offers the perfect retreat

...oom of relaxation and indulgence, Shades has launched its most luxurious furniture range yet in the form of Bali. Blending form with function, this latest modular furniture range will be the centrepiece of any bathroom, while offering a truly flexible storage option, with homeowners able to mix and match pieces from the range to best suit the sp...

Burlington's shower sanctuaries are set in stone

...n's blue/grey Kirkby and mid-green Broughton Moor stone. Both off-the-shelf inline shower trays, for example, are not only pre-machined with a fall, pre-cut groove to accept a glass shower screen on one side as standard and integral trap opening, they are designed for installation at floor level, thereby providing a stepless walk in that epitomi...

Four classic looks in one range

...ing an updated version of its Classic  range of stylish taps, showers and bathroom accessories for the Period and Period-style bathroom.  The timeless Classic range, part of the company's exclusive Designer Collection, offers no less than four elegant head options for its basin, bath and shower mixers ¬- a classic cross-head design...

Individually designed and beautiful!

...is the ultimate in individually designed, joinery-made, hand crafted furniture and bespoke kitchens for your home. The company looks at each project in isolation and with an open mind, taking each client's ideas and the property as a whole into consideration. It  does not provide preconceived ranges of furniture. "Each client, each home ...

Maine and Harvard are in the frame

...ting in the door and frame opening in tandem. This also means the internal cabinets are much easier for customers to keep clean. Both collections boast a classic Shaker style design with both the door and the outer frame being wrapped in matching foil. Each range is available with a wide choice of handles in anodised aluminium, stainless stee...

Mereway Kitchens provides 'Best Display Support' at KBSA AGM

Mereway Kitchens tells us it was delighted to be awarded the KBSA Award for 'Best Display Support' at last month's KBSA AGM. The award, chosen by KBSA retailers and presented by Martin Thomas, came from the results of a survey sent out to all members earlier this year asking them to vote on a variety of topics covering products and service.&nb...

Home Building industry asks for firm Government timetable on new housing system

... HBF, which represents the industry, is demanding that ministers act quickly to provide a route map for how it intends to reduce regulation, as well as detail and certainty on the key planks for the Coalition's new planning system.  A pro-development planning system, coupled with the New Homes Bonus community incentive have been promised si...

Market conditions prompt insurance cover changes

...ed previously. Graham believes that the new offer is still the best available in the marketplace for specialist retailers and stresses the importance of KBSA members being able to offer additional peace of mind alongside the security of the KBSA badge. "The KBSA badge has always given the consumer assurance that they are dealing with a reputa...

New legislation will hit US KBB renovators

...d removal of lead-based paint in target housing and child-occupied facilities reached its date of enforcement. The EPA regulation requires the use of a Certified Renovator and the incorporation of lead safe work practices in most pre-1978 residences and child-occupied properties.  The federal standard defines lead-based paint as any pain...

Staffordshire ceramics firm set to unlock potential of South Korea

A Staffordshire ceramics company plans to explore new business opportunities in South Korea, thanks to UK Trade & Investment. Johnson Tiles, of Stoke-on-Trent, has won an Overseas Market Introduction Service from UKTI after taking part in research to find out companies' future export plans and potential. An OMIS is a detailed in-count...

Which? Best Buy award for Whirlpool's JT 366 microwave oven

Whirlpool has been awarded a Best Buy award for its JT366 JetChef microwave oven by leading consumer magazine Which? gaining the best score in the category of 78%. The 6th Sense combi steam and grill microwave oven achieved one of the highest overall ratings of the 126 microwaves reviewed by the Which? panel of judges. Featuring Whirlpool's...

Leader

...0 new apprentices by 2014. I do hope that a large chunk of this funding is going to be earmarked for those wishing to enter the building trades in a way that will make learning a trade more accessible. Having young daughters I've come across quite a number of their friends who, rather than going to university, have wanted to learn a building ...

News in Brief

...ecialist Kuetchenhaus will be opening a £1 million, 8000 sq ft flagship showroom in The Trafford Centre's Barton Square, next May. The existing Manchester showroom will relocate to the store, taking its team members with it. 0161 749 4110 Raines & Willow's Oxford White Glass bedroom furniture is a modern design with solid frames su...

BCG's BIG new brands

...ands to its kitchen and bathroom retail customers.  BCG has chosen Big Tour 2010 as the platform to launch three highly recognised and industry respected brands. Baumatic, GE and Jacuzzi will all join BCG's already desirable portfolio and will exhibit their existing, new - and in some cases - exclusive ranges to BCG's retail customers at th...

Hettich partnerships bring concepts event to life

...ervices which we use in today's kitchens were correctly predicted. Time will tell if predictions for 2015 and 2020 become reality... ArtiCAD previewed the up coming Version 17 to be released towards the end of this year. New HD lighting technology software and upgraded 'Intelligent Kitchens' function provide a most comprehensive range of draw...

Hettich partnerships bring concepts event to life

...ervices which we use in today's kitchens were correctly predicted. Time will tell if predictions for 2015 and 2020 become reality... ArtiCAD previewed the up coming Version 17 to be released towards the end of this year. New HD lighting technology software and upgraded 'Intelligent Kitchens' function provide a most comprehensive range of draw...

Ten reasons to be at Big Tour 2010

Calling all UK Kitchen & Bathroom retailers, this one's for you... If ever there was somewhere you needed to be, then this is it!  Leading kitchen, bathroom & heating distributor, BCG, has made sure that this year's Big Tour 2010, the UK's only travelling exhibition to focus on the kitchen & bathroom industry, has something ...

EverGrip and new Sealants Catalogue launched by CRL Europe

...trength, fast curing Mirror Adhesive was launched at Glassex by CRL. EverGrip has been specially formulated for the installation of mirrors, with or without backing tapes, to a wide range of substrates. Key features, state CRL, are the very low VOC and environmentally friendly features of the product, combined with fast curing and high fast g...

Burbidge team leader Steve, rallies colleagues to support our lads on the front line

When Steve Randle's son Sean was posted to Afghanistan for a six month stint, it filled him and his wife with apprehension.   Working in the factory as a senior team leader for Burbidge, the Coventry based kitchen manufacturer, Steve often shared his fears with his colleagues and friends. After a three month spell in Afghanistan, Sean,...

Buy One Get One Free at Tile Depot, back by popular demand

...all tiles - timeless in neutral creams and beiges with a natural stone effect, 30x60cm and polished for a heightened feeling of space.  Vega Light Cappuccino wall tiles - incredibly popular, Vega is a wonderful 25x40cm neutral stone-look ceramic tile, pictured here with Arabyan Tier - a 50x50cm porcelain floor tile in rich brown with a terr...

Carron Phoenix's new Zeta105U undermount: perfect for the compact kitchen

...ound in a 1.5 or double bowl option, yet has the advantage of fitting into a slimmer 500mm cabinet. For the user, this gives the enhanced functionality of a spacious bowl for coping with larger items that don't fit in a dishwasher, without losing valuable worksurface area.  Zeta is one of Carron Phoenix's best-selling mid market sink ranges...

Complimentary pans with Atag induction hobs!

Atag, the leading Dutch brand for stylish and technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, presents a lovely opportunity - a free set of high quality stainless steel pans for the consumer with every induction hob purchased (offer excludes the Domino HI6217T Touch Control Induction Hob). ...

Elegant and efficient glass showerlights from HiB

Leading bathroom supplier HiB is at the forefront of introducing new bathroom lighting which includes a modern range of glass showerlights offering a variety of styles and technical advantages. HiB's Dante design is a good example - a flat, clear glass round showerlight that enhances the shower area. Dante uses a low energy bulb and requires n...

FIRA's FurnitureFootprinter updated and improved

The FurnitureFootprinter is already the premier carbon footprint calculator for the furniture industry and has now been updated to deliver improved results with an ultra-user-friendly design. The online tool, with its useful 'drag and drop' capability, allows all parties within the furniture supply chain to generate and compare carbon footprint...

Going with the flow at Butlins!

Pegler Yorkshire is renowned for its quality products and Butlins at Bognor Regis has become the latest blue-chip customer to realise the benefits of installing Pegler Yorkshire products. The complete refurbishment of all bathrooms at the site, a staggering 1200 in total, commenced a short time ago with the Pegler Yorkshire's Ebro basin tap ...

Hansgrohe establishes new subsidiary in Brazil

...n'," explains Siegfried Gänßlen, CEO of Hansgrohe AG. In Brazil, the growth potential for Hansgrohe is not limited to the numerous building projects in connection with the football World Cup in 2014. As one of the few global players in the sanitation industry, Hansgrohe is able to take advantage of its good reputation as a premium mix...

Individually designed and beautiful!

...is the ultimate in individually designed, joinery-made, hand crafted furniture and bespoke kitchens for your home. The company looks at each project in isolation and with an open mind, taking each client's ideas and the property as a whole into consideration. It does not provide preconceived ranges of furniture. "Each client, each home and ea...

KBSA success at Grand Designs Live

...ions on buying a new kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or home office.   "Our expert Alan Stanford was busier than ever this year, answering questions from people who are about to embark on a home makeover, reveals Ruth Ward, KBSA Sales & Marketing director. "The enquiries this year included more on bathrooms and lots of people were ei...

The price is right on best-selling products

...as. Two of Laufen's best-selling bathtub ranges are available with up to 30% off selected models for a limited period and there is also a reduction in price in its ever-popular Pro soft-close toilet seat, with the introduction of the Pro X - exactly the same product but sourced from an alternative official Laufen Swiss approved supplier, enablin...

Cooking with steam: More efficient, better results

... of the heat escapes into the air and never gets to the food. Using a steam oven isn't just good for the environment. It's also good for you. The AEG multifunction and steam oven enhances flavours by keeping moisture from being extracted during the cooking process so your taste buds can register more flavour in the food. It also leaves cell stru...

Ultraheat's hot new models in demand

...ecifiers and architects a design that is different from the ordinary, but at a price which is ideal for the current climate," explains Managing Director of Pitacs, Saffet Kalender. Both are very attractive replacement products as well as being an excellent choice for new-build properties. "White is always the biggest volume seller in the Ultrahe...

Record low housing numbers reveal scale of the crisis

...has actually fallen. "These figures reveal the extent of the housing supply problem and the need for real action now - cutting red tape and implementing incentives so we can build the homes the country needs." The Home Builders Federation is the representative body of the home building industry in England and Wales. The HBF's 300 member firms...

Leader

...ring industry and associated services to underpin the recovery of growth and jobs. Industry is therefore at centre stage of the new growth model for the EU economy as outlined in the Europe 2020 Strategy yesterday. Ten key actions for European industrial competitiveness, which were adopted yesterday, are:  * An explicit and thorou...

News in Brief

  The 3rd edition of Baumatic's FashionBook, which creates trends for the world of appliances, is now available to download: www.baumatic.co.uk Malcolm Maclennan, who was previously employed at Britannia Living and Maytag UK, is Fisher & Paykel's new Area Sales Representative for the North-West. T: 07740 639 042 Armitag...

Modena tap by Carron Phoenix is a move outside of the design box

...ap offering a slim, angled spout that poises elegantly over the sink. With function to match its form, Modena has a rotating base facilitating precise directional control of the water delivery, as well as a neatly encased but highly practical pull-out nozzle with integral spray. The slim single lever with simple forward and backward motion, mirr...

MEP for London calls for EU and national framework to promote sustainable housing

Jean Lambert, the Green MEP for London, will call for both an EU and national framework of policy, incentives and funding to promote and facilitate sustainable housing at the Build with CaRe conference in Norwich today. "With EU building stock producing over one third of CO2 emissions, the area of sustainable housing cannot simply depend upo...

Making a splash! The new addition from Leisure Sinks

...lable in satin, bright or polished stainless steel finishes, the Linear range is the perfect choice for both traditional and modern homes. To make specification easier, Leisure Sinks has invested in new tooling to produce a reversible version of the LR9502 - augmenting the existing range of left or right handed versions. For peace of mind all 12 de...

Major brands at 'innovative' kbb London...

The organisers have announced a theme for kbb London 2011. 'Innovation' will be at the heart of the show and the basis of all feature areas throughout the event, celebrating the design prowess of the KBB industry. The Innovation Centre will feature a number of selected products, chosen for their truly unique function or design, resulting in ...

Lighting display boards from HiB are a fantastic aid for retailers

...ground design on a matt black surface and displays 11 of HiB's latest bathroom lights, all designed for use within the shower enclosure. Three are the new fire-rated showerlights for recessed ceiling mounting. All three are round designs with either chrome, white or brushed chrome surrounds. They are 100 minutes fire-rated with full protection w...

Indesit and Hotpoint join the Big Tour 2010

...l be design-led appliances from Hotpoint's Kitchen Studio collection that are selected specifically for customers involved in fitting and selling kitchen furniture. This includes, from the recently-launched NewStyle range, the SH103PX touch control 10 programme pyrolytic oven, the GF761RFX gas hob with two double face elliptical burners and deco...

Buy One Get One Free at Tile Depot, back by popular demand

...all tiles - timeless in neutral creams and beiges with a natural stone effect, 30x60cm and polished for a heightened feeling of space.  Vega Light Cappuccino wall tiles - incredibly popular, Vega is a wonderful 25x40cm neutral stone-look ceramic tile, pictured here with Arabyan Tier - a 50x50cm porcelain floor tile in rich brown with a terr...

Complimentary pans with Atag induction hobs!

Atag, the leading Dutch brand for stylish and technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, presents a lovely opportunity - a free set of high quality stainless steel pans for the consumer with every induction hob purchased (offer excludes the Domino HI6217T Touch Control Induction Hob). W...

Going with the flow at Butlins!

Pegler Yorkshire is renowned for its quality products and Butlins at Bognor Regis has become the latest blue-chip customer to realise the benefits of installing Pegler Yorkshire products. The complete refurbishment of all bathrooms at the site, a staggering 1200 in total, commenced a short time ago with the Pegler Yorkshire's Ebro basin tap bei...

2010 Bathroom Conference embraces good customer service

Last week's 2010 Bathroom Conference, which for the first time extended to two full days of meetings, workshops and presentations, has been described as the 'best yet'.  Some commentators have questioned how it could possibly be bettered! This year's theme 'Customer Service - making good business sense' attracted a full house.  Deleg...

Deva welcomes new CEO and announces company name change

...ciation, says: "What has attracted me back to a hands-on CEO role is the exciting plans Methven has for its UK and global business. I am looking forward to cementing the credibility of the Methven Group and products in the UK and Europe. Methven demonstrates a thinking in bathroom design that I have not seen before and I am keen to be part of that ...

KBSA welcomes luxury brands into the association

...the latest company to join as a corporate member.  Craig Davies, President & CEO Europe for Sub-Zero and Wolf comments:  "The needs of our customers always come first, and the service and customer care we provide is an absolute priority. Our membership of the KBSA offers customers extra confidence, peace of mind and security when p...

AEG is headline sponsor for Taste of Christmas 2010

AEG is delighted and proud to announce that the brand will be the main sponsor for the prestigious food festival Taste of Christmas 2010. As well as prominent AEG branding in all Taste communications and activities, AEG appliances will be used exclusively throughout the festival by celebrity chefs and other exhibitors. Taste of Christmas visitors...

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...pt and I feel we become so used to our boilers and switching on our gas hobs and fires that we forget how dangerous gas can actually be.  Thank goodness we have procedures in place to ensure that incidents such as this one are few and far between - and while being suddenly made homeless is dreadful, (particularly in the lead-up to Christm...

Whirlpool's new white oven from the Ambient line is a winner

...its black and stainless steel counterparts. The smooth and stylish AKZM 756WH multifunction oven forms part of Whirlpool's new Ambient Line of kitchen appliances and is equipped with the very latest labour saving intelligent technology without being at all intimidating to the consumer. Its simple controls are easy to use and sit elegantly within...

BMA joins the boffins at Keele!

...Innovation Centre (IC1) Keele Science & Business Park Keele University Newcastle Under Lyme Staffordshire ST5 5BG The email addresses for all staff remain the same but there is a new telephone number: T: 01782 631619 E: info@bathroom-association.org   W: www.bathroom-association.org ...

Ellis Furniture launches great incentives for bathroom retailers

...tion, retailers who display the Quadra washstands will receive a £20 high street gift voucher for every Quadra washstand sold. "The launch of our new bathroom ranges has been very well received and we're keen to continue the momentum in the run up to Christmas," says Ellis Furniture sales & marketing director Peter Elson. "We're keen t...

Plumber endangered customers' lives

... work on gas boilers that was so bad it put his customers' lives at risk. Michael Gallimore, 62, formerly of Hengrave Road, Fornham All Saints, near Bury St Edmunds, but now temporarily living in Shefford in Bedfordshire, admitted breaching health & safety laws at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court last week. The Health & Safety Execu...

Next Chapter of 'Vac from the Sea' initiative revealed

... everyone that has brought attention to the issue and express my deepest gratitude to our partners, for providing us with knowledge and working with us in gathering plastic from the world's oceans," says Hans Stråberg, CEO and President, Electrolux. Each of the vacuum cleaner demos represents the ocean from which the plastic originates. Th...

Franke's flow restrictor is perfect for saving water in the kitchen

...t of water is almost halved from six litres per minute in line with regulations, with no loss of performance or power in the flow. The flow restrictor is a small screw-in aerator which can be retrospectively fitted to a number of popular Franke models. T:  +44 (0)161 436 6280 F: +44 (0)161 436 2180 E: info.uk@franke.com W: ww...

Stoves unveils new built-in collection and switches production back to UK

...dels.  The collection consists of fanned and multifunction, with all electric ovens A rated for energy efficiency and all gas appliances fully FSD compliant.  Other features include telescopic shelves, programmable timers and halogen flood lights that provide up to 36% more light from 20% less energy. Within the collection Stoves...

Growth of construction activity weakest in eight months

...nstruction was solid, and the second in successive months, indicating that the sector's improved performance during the first half of 2010 may now be reversing. New order books at construction companies in the UK increased during October. However, the rate of growth eased for a fifth consecutive month from May's recent high. Anecdotal evidence s...

20-20 Technologies solidifies its presence in the United Kingdom

... Virtual Showroom, 20-20 Virtual Planner, Shopware CAD and Enterprise Insight. Customer training for all software solutions will be available at both of the company's offices, in Bolton and Ashford as well as various locations throughout the UK.  "This is a natural transition and the culmination of several years' hard work," explains Man...

Composting the clean and easy way with Brabantia's new biodegradable bin liners

...s clean and dry with Brabantia's 100% biodegradable and compostable bin liners - specially designed for all organic kitchen waste and now available in three convenient sizes - 10lt, 12lt, 18lt. Vegetable peelings, mouldy fruit and used coffee grounds all go to produce great compost, but also make a dirty, soggy mess at the bottom of your food wa...

European Hotel Design Awards winner Olga Polizzi, to speak at this year's Conference

...ution Award', Olga Polizzi, will be speaking at this year's Conference. Olga, Director of Design for Rocco Forte Collection, daughter of the late Lord Forte and younger sister of Sir Rocco, will present on Wednesday 24th November at 15:00. Olga will join others from across the industry at the Conference, which this year focuses on first-hand ...

New Campisi porcelain tile collection is first Daltile line featuring Cliks

...cks together. No mortar or grout is needed, simplifying installation and making it possible to transform a room in just one afternoon with no mess. Cliks' built-in grout was custom created to complement each colour in the new collection and with exceptional resistance to cracking, fading, staining, mould and mildew, the built-in grout is long-la...

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Welcome to the KBzine   Water scarcity has become a key global issue for the US because of its potential to fuel armed conflicts in regions such as the Middle East or between nuclear rivals such as India and Pakistan. "Worldwide, water is not only a problem for billions of people who lack access to safe drinking wate...

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... retailer Tuiss has launched a range of stylish, 100% waterproof roller blinds, which are perfect for wetrooms. E: paul@tuiss.co.uk Moods Bathrooms ' new Dream tapware range features waterfall-effect technology and a single lever for easy adjustment of flow and temperature. E: info@pjhgroup.com   Merlyn's new 'Vivid' shower enclo...

Business owners sceptical over Coalition's ability to cut red tape

... to free them from the shackles of red tape, according to new research.  A study by the not-for-profit Forum of Private Business found that just 28% of small to medium-sized enterprises believe the Tory/Lib Dem Coalition will make a noticeable difference to the rules and regulations they face.  A sizeable 40% of respondents said the...

Hotpoint campaigns for confident cooks

...e, Hotpoint has signed up BBC Celebrity MasterChef 2010 winner Lisa Faulkner to launch the Campaign for Cooking Confidence. Lisa, along with Hotpoint Ambassador and renowned restaurateur Tony Tobin and a panel of cookery experts, have devised a set of tips to give home cooks the skills they need to be more adventurous with ingredients and meal cho...

Get the Regency feel from British Ceramic Tile

...hich can be combined with the Brighton wall tile range to provide a wide selection of possibilities for use in hotels, bars and restaurants or equally in a kitchen or bathroom. Brighton Regency provides a unique decorative solution in ceramic design, offering a style that can take tiles out of the bathroom and into a much wider range of interior...

Everything for today's supply chain operations - under one roof!

If you haven't yet pre-registered for IMHX, you have only until noon on Friday to do so if you wish to receive your visitor pack in the post in time for the event. Remember, IMHX 2010 runs from Tuesday 16th to Friday 19th November at Birmingham's NEC. Taking place only once every three years, IMHX - the International Materials Handling Exhib...

Liebherr scoops six awards in world's largest technology competition!

...ade up of 144 experts from around the world and the 'Best Product of the Year 2010' seal is awarded for outstanding achievement. Thanks to innovative ideas, high quality and great design, both the CBNes 5167 combination fridge / freezer and the CBNes 6256 French door combination fridge / freezer won 'Best Product of the Year 2010'. The Plus X Aw...

New self-builder's/renovator's contract pack could save £ thousands

...com  and construction lawyer Giles Dixon to produce a suite of contract templates specifically for self-builders and renovators for just £49 + VAT. The easy-to-understand documents have been specially designed for self-builders and renovators  by award-winning construction solicitor and 'contracts. The pack, developed with warran...

Painted palette perfection for English Revival

...bsp;The In-frame shaker door itself comprises a frame with beaded profile and 78mm stiles and rails for a more delicate look. The clever selection of cabinets and finishes available means In-Frame can be toned towards traditional or contemporary, country or minimalist. Selected painted shades can complement or contrast each other with the use of...

Three companies fined after man suffers serious leg injuries

...h the wall suffering dislocated ankles and fractures to his left foot.  He was hospitalised for two weeks and afterwards used a wheelchair for a year and underwent intensive physiotherapy. Two years after the accident he is not able to work full-time and still suffers pain and disability.  BAE Systems took on the role of Constructio...

Win a Luxury Harvey Nichols Christmas Hamper worth £150

...liser and compost - and clean drinking water, through wells and rainwater harvesting, to those less fortunate than we are. Ripples is hoping to raise £22,000 and the money will be invested in the village of Arasur which is five miles from Pondicherry in India and home to about 500 people. This project falls into two distinct areas... The f...

Smart move to Smart Systems!

...ntly had the responsibility of bringing on board its KBBConnect, Online Quoting and Ordering system for our B2B operations." Nigel's role will be to expand the participation of manufacturers and distributors in The KBBConnect Retail Support Programme. In addition, as Nigel has 25 years of experience of the industry, giving him a first class unde...

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...ions of home owners risk losing their cover because they make inaccurate declarations when applying for their insurance or don’t notify their insurers of any changes. On-line household insurance provider  www.homeprotect.co.uk  is warning that while we might have given all the correct information when we took out our policies...

Sponsors needed...

...ble, Ezystone and Franke in promoting the Institute and its aims. Launched in 2007, the not-for-profit registered organisation has just celebrated its third birthday with the announcement that it has over 500 installation businesses registered nationally. It has also promised that an exciting new level of membership is soon to be unveile...

New Whirlpool brochure showcases stunning freestanding collection

Whirlpool, which is celebrating its centenary next year, has produced a stylish new brochure for its freestanding collection. Printed in full colour with high-quality photographs of each product and detailed specifications, the A4-sized, portrait brochure reflects Whirlpool's ethos of combining ease of use with good looks - and is a powerful...

Night Black laminate slate from Faus

... Faus is the flooring division of FINSA with a sales and service division in the UK now established for over 30 years and a nationwide distribution and sales organisation. T:  0151 651 2400 F:  0151 651 2405 E:   o.sancho@finsa.com W:   www.fausfloor.com ...

Latest issue of 'Housebuilding and RMI Forecasts Bulletin Great Britain' now available

The 4th issue of the 'Housebuilding and RMI Forecasts Bulletin Great Britain' is now available. Providing a quarterly review of the domestic construction sector including new housebuild and RMI, it contains the very latest statistics and information on housebuilding, together with medium and longer term forecasts. The information covers Great Brit...

Spooky PJH fundraising aims to make a difference

Ghostly goings on at PJH Group this Halloween formed another one of the bathroom and kitchen distributor's fundraising events for its 2010/2011 regional charity of the year, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity. The charity, as voted for by regional staff at PJH's head office and depots in Bolton and Manchester, was chosen due to the v...

Why relaxing in a VitrA bath is also peace of mind

...wouldn't normally ever think about the bath's construction and how that will affect the eventual comfort and pleasure in use. Leading international bathroom products manufacturer VitrA make a huge range of acrylic baths but each differs from other bath makes in a number of important ways. VitrA UK's Darren Paxford is a self-confessed 'geek'. ...

Have you seen 'Britain's Ugliest Bathroom'?

...do these sound familiar?  If so, you might have Britain's Ugliest Bathroom and you could be in for a treat - a complete bathroom makeover![TRIMTO] Grohe this week announced a nationwide search for Britain's Ugliest Bathroom in association with top interiors website mydeco.com.  People all over the UK are living with ugly bathrooms that...

Atag Hobs have starring role on Market Kitchen: Big Adventure

Atag, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in appliances exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, appears in the new series Market Kitchen: Big Adventure, on the Good Food channel. Two of Atag's stunning HG1111MBB Panorama gas on glass hobs, from the 2010 Magna Design line, have been installed in the studio ki...

Fabulous fusion worktops and eyecatching ceramics from Mereway Bathrooms

...striking polished collection; Duna, Ora, Rosso and Nero designs are all made with unusual materials for fabulous vibrant colours and a high gloss finish that generates reflective qualities - perfect for smaller bathroom spaces. With genuine design versatility, the new Fusion range characterises luxury with real value. The collection answers the ...

Croydex taps into the beauty of wood

...essories like the shelf with tumbler are an aesthetically pleasing marriage of clean lines and pure forms, in which the tumbler slots into the top of the shelf with satisfying simplicity. Ceramic and wood sit together in perfect harmony for a bathroom accessory that's so much more than the sum of its parts. Designed to put the natural beauty of...

Stuart Turner updates Pump Solutions brochure

...e followed by clear illustrations showing the features and benefits. Useful flow charts show the performance of each model together with a series of symbols, which link each product to a useful Application Guide. When you choose a Stuart Turner pump you are investing in a name you can trust to deliver quality, design innovation, value for money ...

Freshness packed in

...elp of Baumatic's Vacuum Packer from its PremiumLine compact range. Freezing freshly cooked food for re-heating at a later date is a great time-saver and food lasts up to five times longer when vacuum packed, as well as freeing up extra space in the freezer. Baumatic's Vacuum Packer is easy to use, simply place a plastic bag in the chamber, clos...

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...be spending the week in Surrey. We couldn’t quite work out whether it would be less stressful for them to remain up here or whether they might be relieved to return home and find that things weren’t quite as bad as expected... Some years ago I spent a few days with some flood restoration professionals and insurance assessors, when ...

Mellow Yellow oven scoops awards for Baumatic

...esigned in keeping with the theme of the event, with one given away to BCG's chosen charity, Action for Children, at each leg of the roadshow. BCG's regional managers and Baumatic staff were also on hand at each location to introduce the latest products to the trade, with positive feedback being received throughout. Not only were Baumatic's appl...

New face makes the Welsh connection for Moores

...ssica brings a wealth of experience to the position, having worked within the social housing sector for a number of years. "I am delighted to be joining Moores Furniture Group at this exciting time for the company," says Jessica. "Moores has a strong presence within the UK and with the support of Masco is in a strong position to maintain its per...

Spend on presents - not plumbers

... your car, needs an annual service to prevent costly repairs. As we get closer to Christmas, prices for emergency repairs inflate. If you service essential items, like your boiler or gas fire, prior to December you will not only avoid winter malfunctions you will also allow yourself time to acquire two or more quotes from different professionals.&n...

The Cotswold Chef Partners Everhot

Rob Rees MBE, The Cotswold Chef, international chef and former restaurateur, is one of the country's leading campaigners for better food culture in the UK. Based in Gloucestershire, Rob has chosen an Everhot 120 for his home in The Cotswolds and also hosts Everhot's cooking demonstration days at Everhot's watermill showroom in Dursley, Glos....

The Wine Show confirms shift in consumer market

...xhibited, supported and sponsored this year's Wine Show at Olympia, Steve Woodworth, Sales Director for Liebherr, maintains that the market for wine storage is now split obviously into two categories; high end and low end. He believes that the middle ground within this particular market has effectively disappeared.  "Multi-temperature wine ...

UK's first conference on Retrofit sees unveiling of University of Salford's Energy House

On 26th and 27th January 2011, the University of Salford will be holding the UK's first conference on the challenge of how to sustainably retrofit existing housing stock. The event will also feature the unveiling of the world's first Energy House. The conference, which is being sponsored by construction and fit-out specialists ISG, will see de...

Chamber Furniture - ingenious, sleek hidden cooking areas

... doors of this kitchen are on concealed hinges with touch latches that enable the centre doors to effortlessly fully retract, to reveal a cooking station which is left fully open when in use and hidden away when not. This is one of Chambers' favoured signature and highly practical design features. Scott Nicholson, Managing Director of Chamber an...

LDL launches new 2011 catalogue

  LDL Components, the nationwide distributor of quality fittings for the furniture industry, has introduced a glossy new brochure for 2011. Split into six clear sections, the 272 page catalogue details the entire stock range which now exceeds 3,500 products. There are significant new innovations in each section, all imaginatively presente...

An Industry to be Proud of!

...ar's Big Tour will, if completed, directly help over 650 children living and benefiting from Action for Children projects here in the UK. "Completing this challenge is looking more and more likely every day," promises Chris Honer, BCG's Managing Director. "The response has been overwhelming; I couldn't have dreamt for one moment, that when we...

New self-builder's/renovator's contract pack could save £ thousands

...Store.com and construction lawyer Giles Dixon to produce a suite of contract templates specifically for self-builders and renovators for just £49 + VAT. The easy-to-understand documents have been specially designed for self-builders and renovators  by award-winning construction solicitor and 'contracts. The pack, developed with warran...

Water For People hosts first Accountability Summit at WEFTEC

Water For People hosted its first Accountability Summit during the 83rd Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition & Conference held in New Orleans. CEO Ned Breslin invited peer organisations, donors and stakeholders to view Water For People's data, discuss the implications, and ask tough questions about the organisation's...

Stevenage furniture body celebrates 60 years and a new strategy for growth

...rniture Ombudsman, which works in partnership with furniture retailers to provide dispute solutions for consumers, also has its expert team based here.  The Ombudsman, too, is growing in reputation and there are a number of initiatives under way to raise its profile across the UK."  Stephen McPartland, MP, answered, saying:  "As M...

New Whirlpool brochure showcases stunning freestanding collection

Whirlpool, which is celebrating its centenary next year, has produced a stylish new brochure for its freestanding collection. Printed in full colour with high-quality photographs of each product and detailed specifications, the A4-sized, portrait brochure reflects Whirlpool's ethos of combining ease of use with good looks - and is a powerful...

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New World has added a range of freestanding microwaves to its expanding collection of affordable kitchen appliances. T: 0844 24 84 149 Fitted kitchen and bedroom specialist Betta Living has introduced five kitchens, with solid timber doors, to its 'top end' range. T: 0800 269 945 Pipes Direct has announced an end of year surplus stock ...

Nine-month figures for 2010: Grohe reports strong growth

...e end of Q3, consolidated sales were up 20% on the prior-year figure at EUR 726 million. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation increased 37% to EUR 144 million and this margin remained unchanged against the first-half figure at 20%. With a market share of roughly 8%, Grohe is one of the world's leading manufacturers of s...

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...ing off lights that aren't needed, not overfilling the kettle or leaving the fridge or freezer open for too long and through clever use of the cooking facilities etc. One of my real bugbears is those appliances that don't have an 'off' switch, which force users to either leave them on standby or switch them off at the plug, which means that - ...

Soapbox: How will the property sector fare over the coming months?

Matrix's real estate research team shares its predictions for the future of the UK property market, which in turn will influence the KBB industry Everyone is in agreement that the next year is going to be tough for the UK economy; but how will the property sector fare? In theory, low interest rates should help, and on a relative basis, p...

Laminate flooring firm sentenced over worker's injuries

...to his left hand. Christopher Sillitoe now has difficulty dressing himself and using a knife and fork, after his hand came into contact with a large circular saw at Universal Mouldings' site in Aintree in 2009. The company was prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive following an investigation into the cause of the incident, which resu...

Franke helps Cambridge Cookery School

...een supplied through retailer Cambridge Kitchens which has worked with the Cambridge Cookery School for over two years; the company has also custom-built the kitchen for the school.  The Peak PKX sink is one of the latest innovations from Franke and displays technical prowess like nothing else. The pressed bowls have tight 5mm corner radii ...

Greystone welcomes WorldSkills Tiling Squad

This month North West Regional College's Greystone Centre has been the venue for the latest round of competition to choose a UK representative in Floor & Wall Tiling for the World Skills Competition in 2011. Four students from across the UK have been at the Limavady Campus centre to undertake a challenging contest, which will see them one ...

Fabulous Fusion worktops and eye-catching ceramics from Mereway Bathrooms

...striking polished collection; Duna, Ora, Rosso and Nero designs are all made with unusual materials for fabulous vibrant colours and a high gloss finish that generates reflective qualities - perfect for smaller bathroom spaces. With genuine design versatility, the new Fusion range characterises luxury with real value. The collection answers the ...

Damixa brassware showroom unveiled at Croydex HQ

Known globally for its superior design and functionality, Danish brassware manufacturer Damixa opens the doors to its spacious new showroom at Croydex's UK headquarters. The brand new space showcases Damixa's stunning collection of kitchen and bathroom brassware, allowing each collection to shine in its own defined area for maximum impact and ...

Employers need to be flexible during adverse weather conditions, says CIPD

With up to 20cm of additional snow forecast in parts of the UK today and the immediate weather outlook offering little respite, employers across the country are increasingly having to cope with a reduced workforce as staff struggle to get to work. The Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development's (CIPD) employee relations adviser, Mike E...

Marks & Spencer supplier Yonga is first non-EU FISP member

...arks & Spencer's Plan A. "We are very pleased that the FISP scheme is becoming the benchmark for recognising those companies committed to reducing their environmental impact," says Phil Reynolds, Senior Manager - Technical Services at FIRA. "Yonga had to undergo a rigorous independent audit by FIRA, which they passed with flying colours. ...

Carron Phoenix and Westag agree exclusive deal

Recognising the strong growth opportunities for undermount sinks in solid surface worktops, Carron Phoenix has agreed an exclusive deal with Westag & Getalit AG.   Westag complements Carron's existing network of distributors and will offer nationwide availability on Carron's complete range of undermount sinks pre-fabricated and suppli...

KitchenAid's Hero gas on glass hob packs a punch

... company's prolific range of professionally-styled gas hobs. The 90 cm KHGL 9010 gas hob packs a formidable punch with five powerful burners that include a central triple-crown wok burner boasting a powerful 4kW. The robustly designed, multi-zone KHGL 9010 has a stunning and highly resilient glass surface finished with neat and sophisticated-...

Dear Jan, I am just writing to inform you that I will be leaving Hettich at the end of December 2010 after a very happy seven years. My new position at EQ Software (formerly Easyquote), is to head the marketing and supplier development business. I would like to thank you for all the support for Hettich shown in the last few years and I...

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..., has appointed Bathrooms International as the exclusive bathroom retailer, selector and supplier for its products. E: ashley@halpern.co.uk Tile Depot has introduced a selection of designer products from the Laura Ashley Home collection. E: info@thetiledepot.co.uk As Atag's new UK Product Manager, Neil Joubert, who has worked in the...

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... plc to a virtual standstill... And the cost to the UK economy is said to be some £1.2billion for each day it continues! People whinge that the UK needs to get its act together and ensure that roads, airports and rail links are kept functioning at times like this but the news from continental Europe - much of which is used to coping with s...

Sustainabilliy tops new year resolution for Pregis

Sustainability will be a major driving force in the new product development programme for Pregis Protective Packaging Europe during 2011. Outlining plans for the forthcoming year, Kevin Baudhuin, Pregis Corp's recently appointed president, global protective packaging, says the company was working on the creation of a broad, innovative enviro...

KBSA launches 'Boost your business' recruitment campaign

The KBSA has launched a major recruitment campaign for 2011 based around the theme of how KBSA membership can boost business. A new recruitment flyer forms the basis of the recruitment programme which will be widely distributed via a number of different channels.This will be supported with an electronic mailing and a new recruitment presenta...

Whirlpool's gas hobs add further steel to stainless

In an era where hobs are aplenty but often indistinguishable in terms of design and performance, the importance of staying one step ahead is paramount as budgets are being continually squeezed. Whirlpool is pushing the barriers by adding a new and significant coat of armour to a trusted old favourite. The sheer style and enduring propertie...

Bushboard's Nuance range gives McCarthy & Stone home a stylish new shower room

  Demonstrating its versatility for the bathroom, Bushboard's Nuance range has been used in a pilot project at a McCarthy & Stone development in Inverness to superb effect. The Nuance laminate panels were used in the creation of a level access wetroom, underlining the product's unique advantage of being what is thought to be the only ...

Brits are back doing it for themselves

...n and women), a massive 84% cited money saving and the current financial climate as the main reason for switching from GSI to DIY, with one in three saying the convenience and low risk of GSI no longer outweighs the cost savings of DIY. "DIY doesn't have to be daunting and most customers are surprised how easy it is to fit products like sliding ...

Wall-hung artworks for your bathroom - toilets with invisible fixings from Duravit

The best-selling Starck 3 wall-mounted toilet from Duravit has received a facelift for 2010 that is set to prolong its popularity for many years to come. Already well-known for its no-nonsense design with distinct lack of superfluous detailing, the revised version offers even cleaner, uninterrupted lines as the wall fixings are completely ob...

Keep the heat in and the snoopers out this Christmas!

Window blinds are a useful winter product for the home - to seal in warmth and reduce the likelihood homes being targeted by thieves. At this time of year, UK homes are not only under attack from the harsh winter weather pushing up winter fuel bills, but from thieves after festive booty, often proudly displayed under Christmas trees in the f...

Carron Phoenix launches upgraded retail brochure

With 2010 being one of Carron Phoenix's busiest for new product launches, the year ends with the launch of a new retail brochure available to the trade with immediate effect. The new brochure details all the new product launches including the two latest stainless steel sink ranges to be introduced - Contessa and Precision Plus.  "We norma...

The Cotswold Chef Partners Everhot

Rob Rees MBE, The Cotswold Chef, international chef and former restaurateur, is one of the country's leading campaigners for better food culture in the UK. Based in Gloucestershire, Rob has chosen an Everhot 120 for his home in The Cotswolds and also hosts Everhot's cooking demonstration days at Everhot's watermill showroom in Dursley, Glos....

Amica's glossy new catalogue introduces OptiGas

...m freestanding cookers with gas hobs are now equipped with the OptiGas system with burners designed for direct and precise contact between the crown of the flames and the bottom of a pan, heating the pan and not the room, burning and wasting less gas while cooking is unaffected. "We're excited about our new catalogue, which contains the Platinum...

Affordable luxury and minimalism lead the way for 2011 kitchen trends

...es, according to solid surface distributor Staron UK. The company, which is the sole distributor for Samsung-branded solid surfaces, predicts that the two contrasting trends are set to soar in popularity throughout next year. Staron's own high-end range of solid surfaces, Tempest, has seen a rise in sales for its gold leaf and meteor colourwa...

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...ith the clever 'eco-click' water saving system at no extra cost. Tel: 01282 418000 Look out for Gorenje's Raspberry Pink RB6288 Retro refrigerator, in the new advertisement for Giovanni Rana fresh pasta starring Tim Lovejoy. T: 0208 247 3980 Simpsons' new always Edge Corner Entry shower comes with a low profile coordinating shower tr...

David Cameron takes tea with InSinkErator's Joe Ferrara

...Minister but that's exactly what happened when David Cameron came to meet companies based at the Watford business park where InSinkErator has its UK headquarters. InSinkErator's Managing Director for Europe, Joe Ferrara, chatted to the PM about the company's activities, including the promotion of food waste disposers as a means of reducing landf...

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... It's that time of year again when many of us are thinking about winding down, ready for the Christmas holidays - and if you're anything like me, you're looking forward to having a much needed break. I daresay that all the KBB retailers generally feel differently at this time of year though, what with the pre-Christmas and January...

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... 125Kg) as opposed to a US set, which can handle the real heavyweights (up to 180Kg) was of some comfort, but then perhaps if I hadn't bought them when I did, I might at some stage have needed the more substantial version. Here's hoping it never comes to that. But where to put them? I daresay it won't be long before some clever manufacturer find...

Bauformat to launch new kitchen ranges at IMM Koln

  Bauformat is launching its new Handle-less CUBE 130 range of kitchens alongside the new 2011 product development for both 'Bauformat' & 'Burger Kuechen', with 15 displays on show at the IMM Koln Furniture Fair, which starts next Tuesday and runs through to 23rd January. "There are a few VIP tickets available for the preview day,"...

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...ts in 25% less noise and an almost whisper-quiet extractor. E: fiona@euroline.org.uk Good news for the environment: The water polo arena being constructed for the London 2012 Olympic Games will be fitted with low-flow taps and showers and waterless urinals. ...

Methven gears up for EcoBuild and ISH

  Methven (formerly known as Deva), the global supplier of showers and tapware with headquarters in New Zealand and offices in Australia and in the UK, is gearing up for a busy start to the New Year with preparations for EcoBuild and ISH. Stands at both shows will feature working displays and the company will unveil its collection of luxu...

New ace app from Uber

    A fantastically useful application has been designed specifically for retailers and designers of Uber kitchens. In these days of 24/7 mobile business, the app, which is exclusive to Uber customers, allows the user to view the comprehensive range brochure and immediately obtain complete quotations on all cabinetry and acce...

US home improvement industry poised for growth

In the wake of the worst downturn in recent history, the US home improvement industry is poised for growth, according to a major report released yesterday by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.  'A New Decade of Growth for Remodeling', is the sixth and latest report in the 'Improving America's Housing' series, publi...

Self-build site insurance provider welcomes Government's self-build sector boost

...r New Year's resolution.  Self-builders are already Britain's largest housebuilder and account for one-fifth of Britain's new homes each year, but for far too long the aspirations of ordinary people to build their own home have been thwarted by barriers and red tape.  The Government says that barriers which stand in people's way will be t...

Schofield switches to EQ

...tich, after a highly successful seven years. He joined in 2004 as Area Sales Manager, North-West, before promotion in 2006 lead to ultimate responsibility for all products, marketing and training in the UK. Leigh Martin, Managing Director of EQ Software says: "Neil's marketing and business partnership development experience will be invaluable as...

REC counters claims about bogus self employment in construction

... Following a call last week by UCATT - the Union of Construction, Allied Trades & Technicians - for a government review of payroll companies in the construction sector, the Recruitment & Employment Confederation has emphasised the need to strike a balance between stopping false self-employment and ensuring that the UK construction industry ...

Napoli - a true Italian Stallion

...  High gloss finishes and natural wood effects are two of the key trends of the moment for the contemporary bathroom and Shades has successfully combined the two with the introduction of its stunning Napoli furniture collection, available in a choice of oak or walnut. The high gloss timber effect of Napoli Oak enhances the beautiful...

Mereway drivers gain First Aid training

...aid knowledge required to assist effectively should they be the first on the scene at an incident - for example a traffic accident or an accident at work.  The course teaches basic skills that can help save lives as the first few minutes before the emergency services arrive can make a real difference to someone in need of help, or indeed if th...

Global bathroom scales: a market quickly gaining weight

...m scales are in dilemma regarding the maximum weighing capacity of a bathroom scale. There is no uniformity, when it boils down to maximum weighing capacity of bathroom scales manufactured by different companies in different countries. For instance, in the US, a typical bathroom scale can weigh up to 180 kilograms, whereas, in most of the other ...

Form a line! The Contour from leisure sinks is now available

...bination of excellent design and manufacturing and we are sure that it will become a popular choice for our customers." Leisure Sinks, which is part of AGA Rangemaster, is said to be the largest manufacturer of stainless steel sinks in the UK.  With more than 70 years' experience and a reputation for excellence, the company offers a wide ra...

Firms advised that proper book-keeping is essential to avoid £3,000 fine

... Revenue & Customs should get its own house in order following reports of poor service ! The Forum of Private Business is warning small firms to keep proper financial records or face fines of more than £3,000. Despite recently promising a 'light touch' approach to mistakes made in the process of implementing the 2.5% VAT rise, HMRC ...

EU lacks 'clear vision' on consumer rights

...nal instrument' instead, Ursula recalls. "There's no strategy behind it," she said.  Just before Christmas, the Belgian EU Presidency surprised BEUC by "basically deleting" half of the Consumer Rights Directive in an effort to secure a deal on the law before the end of its term at the EU helm. "It was a difficult situation," said Ursula,...

Environmental award for Vac from the Sea

  Electrolux has received an environmental award for its Vac from the Sea initiative, through which it has manufactured a range of vacuum cleaners from plastic debris collected from several of the world's seas. The 'Keep Norway Clean' organisation's 'Gullklypa' is an annual prize awarded to a company or an organisation that has shown o...

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...he KBzine   John and I hope that 2011 has got off to a good start for you and that it proves to be a healthy, happy and prosperous year for us all. The weather has created something of a difficult start for all of us and our thoughts are with those having to cope with the heavy flooding in Queensland. Floodwater...

News in Brief

...vailable in Textured Cream. T: 024 7667 1600. PJH Group is featuring Merlyn showering products for the first time, adding the new look 'Vivid' enclosure range to its Bathroom Collection. E: info@pjhgroup Gorenje has added an elegant white induction hob to its Karim Rashid collection. T: 0208 247 3980. Keith McLoughlin, formerly respo...

NKBA Elects 2011 NKBA President & Executive Committee

The US National Kitchen & Bath Association has announced the election results for the 2011 NKBA Executive Committee, which will be led by 2011 President David Alderman, CMKBD of Chesapeake, Virginia. The 2010 Vice President Alan Zielinski, CKD of Niles, Illinois will become President-Elect, while 2010 NKBA Secretary John Morgan of Glyndon, ...

It's a Wrap!

...et another Big Tour, with a spectacular dinner finale at Mercedes Benz World in Weybridge, location for the 5th and final Big Tour earlier that day. Sponsored by Essential Kitchen & Bathroom Business Magazine and hosted by Ulrika Jonsson, with special guests BBC newsreader Nicholas Owen and Radio Two DJ Ricky Salmon, BCG greeted 150 guests t...

New patent application arrangements will save businesses money

UK Intellectual Property Minister Baroness Wilcox has welcomed new arrangements for filing patents in Europe which will cut costs for businesses. From now, applicants will have to supply the European Patent Office with fewer documents than before, which will save companies money on the fees they pay agents for making the application. "Reduci...

New look for Stoves Sterling

Popular cooking appliance brand Stoves has unveiled a new look for one of its most popular contemporary range cookers.  The 1000 and 1100mm Stoves Sterling models have been  reconfigured to offer even more cooking capacity with the addition of a separate grill.  Available in dual fuel, gas or electric variants, the new Sterl...

Proposals published for £200 million network of Technology and Innovation Centres

Yesterday the Government invited organisations to register their interest in forming a technology and innovation centre focused on the area of high value manufacturing. The centre will be the first of an elite national network of centres, to be established and overseen by the Technology Strategy Board, that will work in partnership with univ...

Liebherr announces key sales appointment

...Refrigeration expert, Liebherr, has appointed Tracey McKernan to the position of Area Sales Manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland. Bringing a huge amount of relevant experience and knowledge from a background in sales, Tracey will be responsible for retailers in the area, looking after the main distribution partners and building strategic re...

Electrolux announces Design Lab 2011 theme - 'Intelligent Mobility'

...gn Lab 2011 invites industrial design students and recent graduates of industrial design to compete for a six-month paid internship and prize money by submitting ideas that consider intelligent mobility within home appliances. The brief specifically seeks solutions that address how people prepare food, clean and do dishes both within and beyond the...

Blanco's new taps feature in New Year brochure

...ps, is being launched this month by Blanco UK. As well as the stylish chrome and brushed steel taps for which the company is well known, the brochure also includes the latest selection of the coloured styles which are currently capturing the consumer imagination.  With up to 10 coloured finishes available, the taps offer new design options ...

2011 products at 2010 prices at Tile Depot - VAT held till end of sale

...floral 24.8x39.8cm wall tile and the Scarf Cream 30x60cm decor tile with a floral pattern.  For the look of natural stone, Nerea Blanco is a ceramic floor tile 31.6x31.6cm with a matt finish; Vega is a light cappuccino ceramic wall tile 25x40cm, ; Dommo Piedra is a 23x40cm ceramic wall tile with a grey stone effect and Tuscany Modular Beige...

Bushboard's Nuance range gives McCarthy & Stone home a stylish new shower room

Demonstrating its versatility for the bathroom, Bushboard's Nuance range has been used in a pilot project at a McCarthy & Stone development in Inverness to superb effect. The Nuance laminate panels were used in the creation of a level access wetroom, underlining the product's unique advantage of being what is thought to be the only laminate p...

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...ooding on the African continent has killed 10 people and displaced over 10,000 in Mozambique, while forcing South Africa to declare eight of its nine provinces disaster areas after 41 people died there, has barely made the news. With natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and tsunamis leaving millions of people homeless each y...

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...3715 Ideal Standard has published its new hotel solutions brochure and design planning service for hotel specifiers based at the Bath Room, its bathroom design studio in Clerkenwell, London.  To request a copy, mention KBZine and email: mailinga@idealstandard.com   ...

The house that Ray built - in Romania!

...ntly volunteered to build a house in Romania! The Whirlpool Corporation is involved with Habitat for Humanity, an organisation that donates products and provides manpower to support building projects, making a difference to families. Whirlpool EMEA is the longest standing corporate partner in the European and Central Asian region. Whirlpool has...

London's Vertical Gateway Hotel is fashionably dressed in 'M' - Axor Citterio M

...ersea location also demanded a metropolitan and stylish interior which is supplied in ample measure for the bathrooms, washrooms and spa by Axor, the designer brand from German bathroom specialist Hansgrohe. Nestled on the banks of the Thames, the river that is the vibrant life-blood of London, and immediately adjacent to London's Vertical Gatew...

Ellis Furniture launches the Inspire Gloss Azure kitchen

Just in time for Spring, the new Inspire Gloss Azure kitchen from leading manufacturer Ellis Furniture is guaranteed to brighten up the heart of any home with some luminous, yet subtle, on-trend high gloss colour. The Inspire Gloss Azure is made from high gloss, acrylic faced, MDF glass effect PVC edged doors supplied on an 18mm glued and dowe...

Methven welcomes new sales director for the UK and Europe

...the New Year with a new appointment, Methven has welcomed Simon Woods to the team as sales director for the UK and Europe. Taking responsibility for the growth of the Methven and Deva brands across these markets and the management of the respective field and internal sales teams, Simon started his new position on 4th January. Simon joins Methven...

Sustainable bathroom fittings used in Olympic water polo arena

The water polo arena being constructed for the London 2012 Olympic Games will include bathroom fittings geared towards reducing the structure's impact on the environment. According to the Olympic Delivery Authority, the building will have low-flow taps and showers, as well as waterless urinals. This will reduce the amount of water usage in t...

Nature inspired Wintergarden tile range grows with introduction of new colour

...ergarden range is the latest addition to the popular Laura Ashley collection of tiles. The large format 248x398mm wall tiles have a crackle glaze effect, a gloss finish and are available in a choice of light & dark beige. A coordinating feature tile is also available in light beige with a delicate floral design, which complements the plai...

Square tubes rooted in Italian design

... (295mm, 365mm, 435mm and 575mm) it stands 1,800mm high and has outputs ranging from 800W to 1600W. For added peace of mind and to underpin its quality, the Quad is fully guaranteed for five years. The Quad rides high on the new wave of lightweight and strong aluminium radiators which have high outputs, low water content and efficient heat trans...

KBA announces newest KBB industry Hall of Fame member

.... The inductee, Surjit Kalsi, is Chairman of Capital Cooking Equipment and is considered one of the foremost experts in cooking range design and manufacturing. Beginning his professional career in 1957, Surjit has applied his creativity and expertise as a design engineer and is credited with changing the face of the appliance industry. He is sai...

A new Habitat for Premium-Line

...ng, Baumatic's Premium-Line range was the natural choice as the two companies have a shared passion for innovation, functionality and reliability. Baumatic's Premium-Line appliance collection will take pride of place on display at five of Habitat's flagship stores which will initially stock the fitted furniture - on Kings Road Chelsea, Tottenham Co...

Zip extends its popular commercial Hydrotap collection

...ed manufacturer of instant boiling water systems, has increased its best-selling range of HydroTaps for commercial applications, with the addition of four range extensions and a broader choice of tap finishes for 2011. Since revolutionising the provision of drinks in the UK workplace, when the current HydroTap was launched in 2005, Zip has conti...

Better Bathrooms opens Arch 2 in Manchester

...brands. Like phase one, the new arch has two floors which means double the amount of great deals for customers. When asked about the opening of the second arch, area sales manager Peter Thornton says: "We couldn't wait to open the secondary arch after seeing how popular the store had been with our local customers. We have so many great products ...

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... as "the laggards". The first scoreboard under the Innovation Union initiative comes just days before EU leaders meet in Brussels for a one-day summit on energy and innovation. According to draft conclusions obtained by EurActiv, leaders are expected to call for: * A European Research Area to be completed by 2014 to create what has been du...

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...   News that UK consumer confidence has dropped to its lowest level for 22 months does not make for a good end to the week, does it? Particularly when you're involved in an industry such as this where the purchase of a new kitchen, bathroom or bedroom is not generally seen as a necessity and is likely to be delayed u...

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Congratulations to Gorenje for its WA60125, which beat 12 competitors to win the accolade 'Best Eco Washing Machine' from Good Housekeeping magazine. T: 0208 247 3980. Congratulations too, to Glass Idromassaggio ,  on winning the 2011 Wallpaper Design Award in the 'Best Steam Team' category, for its hammam space, Ananda, a 'bespoke m...

Grohe grows

...e end of Q3, consolidated sales were up 20% on the prior-year figure at EUR 726 million. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation increased 37% to EUR 144 million and this margin remained unchanged against the first-half figure at 20%. With a market share of roughly 8%, Grohe is one of the world's leading manufacturers of s...

Polypipe heat recovery units offer compact solution for housing association's needs

...t recovery system installed in a new housing development, built by main contractor J.Harper & Sons, for South Shropshire Housing Association. South Shropshire Housing Association currently owns and manages over 2000 properties and, as part of Shropshire Housing Group, will contribute towards the development of 500 new homes by 2013; this latest de...

Utopia introduces first phase of 2011 product launch

Prior to its major product launch scheduled for later in 2011, Utopia Bathroom Group is to strengthen its product portfolio with a range of strategic new product introductions this month. Demonstrating its commitment to innovative new product development, Utopia will be extending its popular design-led Quantum Square and Quantum Round sanitary...

Blum makes your kitchen beautiful on the inside with Intivo

Mainly concerned with the performance and motion of the internal workings of a kitchen, Blum designers have taken kitchen interiors to a new level with the highly popular introduction of Intivo - a concept that individualises and personalises the drawer and pull-out interior when exposed. Using the established Blum Tandembox as the basis, the ...

Bauformat scores Top 10 position in Markt Intern 2010/2011

German kitchen and bathroom manufacturer Bauformat, hit the Top 10 on several counts in Markt Intern 2010/2011 - the independent survey of German kitchen manufacturers, which is carried out every two years. Even better, it won in the 'Best Representation' category. Its results were: No.1 - Representation No.3 - after-sales service No.8 - Promotion and Sales Support No.10 - Product Design T: +44 1922 698000 F: +44 1922 698001 E: sales@bauformat.co.uk W: www.bauformat.co.uk ...

CIPD conference highlights benefits of managing conflict constructively

... Mike Emmott, CIPD Employee Relations Adviser says, "HR needs to develop more positive strategies for dealing with workplace conflict. Once a disagreement goes down the path of formal action, it can become increasingly difficult to secure a satisfactory outcome and the legal ramifications can be both costly and time-consuming. "Government plan...

Fagor launches 60cm four burner gas on glass hob

Complementing the trend for black contemporary appliances, Fagor has introduced this 60cm four burner gas on glass hob, which has a stunning bevelled edge and is designed to fit with fashionable black stone or granite work surfaces. The hob features one simmer, one rapid and two semi rapid burners. The black rotary controls, with automatic integ...

Fundraising efforts help transform lives of young people

Through various fundraising activities in 2010, British Ceramic Tile has raised £1,000 for The Dame Hannah Rogers Trust, its chosen charity of the year. The activities included a bake sale where a group of keen bakers sold various sweet and savoury delights including the best seller - mint choc chip cupcakes. British Ceramic Tile empl...

New manufacturing manager for Mereway Kitchens

...ion of Manufacturing Manager. Steve has joined Mereway Kitchens from working as Production Manager for sister company Mereway Bathrooms and brings with him many years of knowledge and experience within the KBB industry, having previously worked for A & J Gummers (Masco Corporation) and Triton. As a real asset to the Group, Steve had implemented a...

Going Global in a Day

Whether you are an experienced exporter or considering trading overseas for the first time, research the world in a day by attending this valuable seminar, being held on Thursday 17th February, from 09:30 - 17:00, at the Copthorne Hotel, Slough-Windsor. Going Global in a Day will bring together Heads of UK Trade & Investment's trade teams i...

Talented young tilers in training for WorldSkills London 2011

... to compete to be the best of the best in more than 40 skills. The four wall and floor tilers that form part of the 100 strong UK Squad are now taking part in an intense training programme as they work towards a selection event in June at which the final members of Team UK will be decided. Only one candidate, the very best from Squad UK, will be s...

De Dietrich's new 120cm Downdraft Extractor: a hidden gem

...l appliance will be the highlight of the contemporary kitchen yet is also its hidden gem. Designed for those kitchens where there is little opportunity for overhead extraction and complementing either a 90cm hob or a range of modular hobs, this 120 cm hood is built beneath the worksurface itself and hidden away from view until required. Elevating ...

Growth in Aga and Rangemaster cooker sales boosts 2010

...gemaster has this week issued a trading update ahead of its preliminary announcement of the results for the year ended 31st December 2010, which will be made on 11th March. The company performed well in November and December and traded in line with the Board's expectations through to the end of 2010. Revenues for the year were up 5% on 2009's &poun...

Put some colour in your life with Bloomsbury

For a contemporary take on the classic Shaker style, look no further than the new Bloomsbury kitchen just launched by Four Seasons, which offers three striking on trend colour options to give a modern twist to the traditional solid timber kitchen. Effortlessly bridging the gap between modern and traditional styling, Bloomsbury is available in ...

CornerTape now at online retailer Sealants and Tools Direct

...nsive range of sealants and sealant tools, providing a choice of silicone remover tools and a brush for quick and easy removal of old sealants; specialist preparation wipes for thorough degreasing to ensure absolute adhesion of new sealant; a silicone forming kit; sealant gun and the unique CornerTape itself - in three roll lengths and four differe...

Homestyle goes complete

...yle's investment in leading edge business and operational management systems developed specifically for the KBB industry sector, notably Smart Systems. In addition, Homestyle was an early sponsor of the KBBConnect Retailer Support programme which offers any retailer free access to advanced online quoting and ordering. Homestyle maintains its comple...

Reach for the stars with new Zehnder Constellation

...-year warranty. Available in two heights; 1200mm and 1600mm and one width; 500mm, it is suitable for installation on both the central heating and domestic hot water systems. T: +44 (0) 1252 515151 F: +44 (0) 1252 522528 / E: sales@zehnder.co.uk W: www.zehnder.co.uk ...

Brabantia kicks-off 2011 with new on-line design competition

...g some 1,100 entries, and the company is keen to repeat that success. The competition is running for three months until 10th April and Brabantia is calling on everyone with a creative flair - whether amateur or professional - to come up with an original and individual design for an ironing table cover. There are great prizes to be won for the be...

Triton's Aspirante collection set to inspire

For customers who want an electric shower that will make a statement at the heart of the bathroom but without a large price tag, Triton's six new Aspirante models open up the electric sector to give retailers six cleverly designed, affordable options, which Triton believes is unlike anything else on the market. Giving a very different finish, ...

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...mentally conscious available today. T: 0870 789 6110   Totally DIY , the three-day show for retailers and suppliers of products in the DIY and home improvement sector starts on Sunday. It runs alongside Totally Tools. www.2011.totallydiy.co.uk   Dutch company Philips has acquired the assets of Indian kitchen appliance man...

Homestyle goes complete

...yle's investment in leading edge business and operational management systems developed specifically for the KBB industry sector, notably Smart Systems. In addition, Homestyle was an early sponsor of the KBBConnect Retailer Support programme which offers any retailer free access to advanced online quoting and ordering. Homestyle maintains its ...

CornerTape now at online retailer Sealants and Tools Direct

...nsive range of sealants and sealant tools, providing a choice of silicone remover tools and a brush for quick and easy removal of old sealants; specialist preparation wipes for thorough degreasing to ensure absolute adhesion of new sealant; a silicone forming kit; sealant gun and the unique CornerTape itself - in three roll lengths and four differe...

Growth in Aga and Rangemaster cooker sales boosts 2010

...gemaster has this week issued a trading update ahead of its preliminary announcement of the results for the year ended 31st December 2010, which will be made on 11th March. The company performed well in November and December and traded in line with the Board's expectations through to the end of 2010. Revenues for the year were up 5% on 2009's &p...

New manufacturing manager for Mereway Kitchens

...tion of Manufacturing Manager. Steve has joined Mereway Kitchens from working as Production Manager for sister company Mereway Bathrooms and brings with him many years of knowledge and experience within the KBB industry, having previously worked for A & J Gummers (Masco Corporation) and Triton. As a real asset to the Group, Steve had impleme...

TTA Lobbies Chancellor on Fuel Price Increases

...high street tile retailer or a UK manufacturer. Our members are now regularly paying £1.38 for a litre of diesel and £1.36 for a litre of petrol and with planned increases in fuel duties, and the recent increase in VAT, the tile industry is being asked to accept increase in costs, the effect of which could include cutting staff, new ...

World Plumbing Day 2011 to see increased industry activity

...od health. In addition, WPC has produced a Powerpoint presentation on water, health and plumbing for use with children in the 7 - 10 year old age range. This presentation (based on one which was trialled for World Plumbing Day 2010) is to be used by industry volunteers in several countries including USA, Canada, India and the UK. Copies of the p...

Quality of management "crucial" to lift employee morale and engagement

...lt and coach and develop staff is critical. "If organisations don't invest in developing high performing managers, they may find better managed competitors racing past on the road to recovery. Employers need to find cost effective ways of equipping their line managers with the people management skills to support employee engagement and wellbein...

DEFRA Minister supports BMA's WEPLS

Richard Benyon, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, has thrown his weight behind the BMA's Water Efficient Product Labelling Scheme.[TRIMTO]   In a recent statement he said: "Water is an invaluable resource which needs to be managed responsibly. Whilst Government and...

Bolstering sales north of the border

...xperience to his role at Croydex, having spent 16 years at Bristan - 12 years as Area Sales Manager for the North West and a further two years as Regional Sales Manager with responsibility for the northern sales team. Kevin spent the past two years at Bristan as National Account Manager. In his role of Northern Sales Manager for Croydex, Kevin w...

Glen Dimplex Home Appliances highlights ongoing UK commitment

... have since taken every opportunity to fulfil this promise," says Steve Dickson, Commercial Manager for Stoves and Belling at GDHA. "As far as our brands go, 2010 was a great year for British innovation and we are extremely proud to have launched so many, quality Made in Britain appliances. "Another benefit of manufacturing in the UK is that we ha...

Maytag adds to iconic refrigeration range

...ays: "At Maytag the style and construction of our refrigeration appliances has become a genuine art form, and our new stainless steel side-by-side fridge freezer confirms that we are taking the genre to new standards of style and functionality. The appliance is a highly attractive fashion statement with flair and considerable substance for the disc...

LDL expands nationwide presence with new Scottish office

LDL, the nationwide distributor of quality furniture fittings, has joined forces with AH Distributors of Cumbernauld to form LDL (Scotland). Designed to consolidate and strengthen LDL's presence in Scotland, the office and showroom will be run by Lloyd Connachan, founding director of AH Distributors.[TRIMTO]   "This is an important str...

UK construction sector returned to growth in January

...pite rises in both new orders and activity, employment nonetheless fell again.[TRIMTO]   For the first time since August 2010, all of the three broad UK construction sub-sectors recorded an increase of activity. Civil engineering was the strongest performing category, having seen a slight reduction in activity during December. Commercial...

EDF Energy teams up with Wickes to provide low-cost insulation for millions

...electricity, has teamed up with Home Improvement retailer Wickes to provide low-cost DIY insulation for domestic households.[TRIMTO] The partnership will run until 31st December 2012 and will enable people up and down the country to insulate their homes for less by taking advantage of Wickes' Insulation and Energy Saving Lighting products, subsi...

Defra helps companies build confidence in green claims

Yesterday, the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs published new Green Claims Guidance to help companies describe the environmental credentials of their products in a way that people find easier to understand. The Guidance is designed to help buyers make more informed judgements, prevent misleading claims and encourage the development...

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...gan in 1994/95, according to the latest chapter of Social Trends, published this week by the Office for National Statistics. Between 2007 and 2008 the number of property sales over £40,000 in the UK fell by 44% from 1.6 million to 900,000 due to the recession. The picture was similar across the English regions and Wales with property trans...

Extraction on demand

... Plane model. Manufactured in high grade 304 stainless steel, Plane on Demand has a high performance internal 800m3/h motor, removable and washable grease filters and is suitable for ducted or recirculating installation. The soft-touch electronic controls are lit by a delicate blue backlight and functional halogen lighting with Fa...

Gorenje joins Hollywood star in raising money for charity

Gorenje, the Slovenian manufacturer famed for its creative and innovative appliances, joined Hollywood star Kevin Costner in raising money for a good cause at a 'Diners Club of Slovenia' event. Actor, director and winner of two Academy Awards, Kevin Costner, and his country rock band 'Modern West', played for an audience of more than 1,200 gue...

EQ announces Betta Living deal

Formed in 1966, Betta Living has enjoyed astonishing growth in recent years with 2010 seeing a sales increase of 46% and employees topping the 300 mark. Further expansion plans include new machinery to manufacture more products, plus the opening of a 20th showroom. Key to the organisation's sustained growth is the announcement that it will be i...

News in Brief

Ideal Standard has just announced its new brand strategy for 2011 and has unveiled a host of new bathroom products. Watch this space... www.ideal-standard.co.uk     Kitchen designers and installers can benefit from a free course being held on 24th February at Rehau's specialist training academy in Ross on Wye, on the applicat...

The latest in steam cuisine

...d a new compact steam combi oven into its popular Premium-Line collection. Steam ovens are ideal for healthy cooking, as no nutrients are lost during the cooking process and no extra fat needs to be added. The texture, colour and shape of the food is also retained, unlike in a conventional oven. What's more, there is no transfer of flavours or o...

Australians spend record sums on kitchens and bathrooms

...ens and bathrooms and the state of industry activity. The past financial year was a positive one for the K&B industry. There were more than 1.2 million kitchen and bathroom installations (new and renovated) in 2009/10, and roughly the same number is predicted for the 2011/12 financial year. The kitchen industry In value terms, the ki...

'Small Cooking Appliances' market reports now available

Market Publishers informs us that new Euromonitor International reports, on small cooking appliances markets in various countries, are available in its catalogue. Each report offers a comprehensive guide to the size and shape of the market at a national level. It provides the latest retail sales data (2005-2009), allowing users to identify the ...

The phrase: "It's backbreaking work," takes on new meaning

...o be named, had climbed up a ladder at the commercial vehicle garage to reach the release mechanism for a lorry cab. The employee fell to the ground when the ladder slipped, causing him to break a vertebrae in his spine. He is still unable to return to work, nearly a year after the incident. The HSE investigation found the ladder had missing ...

Chalon awarded furniture Manufacturing Guild Mark for excellence

...sed checklist of high standards to be met, covering everything from design, manufacture and fitness for purpose of products, through to aftersales, communication and environmental considerations. "Once an applicant has been approved, membership is for three years - but further audits can be conducted at any time to ensure standards are being upheld...

Russia warms to steam free mirrors

...sia's largest manufacturer of bathroom furniture, Aquaton, has warmed to demista heated mirror pads for its fitted vanity units. Ruth and David Perl of R & D Marketing (demista ) met the Aquaton management at the Mosbuild trade show in Moscow in 2008. "They showed tremendous interest in our products," reports David. Since then, orders from A...

VADO donates £1000 to BIBIC

Brassware manufacturer Vado has just donated £1000 to the British Institute for Brain Injured Children. For the last few years VADO, like many other companies, has decided against sending Christmas cards to customers, staff and suppliers and instead donated the equivalent cost of the cards and postage to a worthwhile cause.[TRIMTO] &nbs...

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... being properly managed. Last year inspectors visited 2014 sites and 2414 contractors. They were forced to issue more than 350 prohibition notices to stop dangerous work - much of it relating to working from height, which remains one of the most common causes of fatalities and major injuries in the construction sector in Great Britain, with more...

Finalists revealed... winners to be announced at KBIS

... The NKBA is a non-profit trade association that has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry for more than 45 years. NKBA.org provides consumers with an inspiration gallery of award-winning kitchen and bath designs, as well as articles, tips, and an extensive glossary of remodelling terms. At NKBA.org, consumers can also find certified kitch...

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...ions. E: brochures@roman-showers.com LG Hausys is adding nine stunning Hi-Macs solid colours for 2011, to its range of non-porous solid surfaces. W: www.himacs.eu HiB's new full-surround LED illuminated mirrors have  a clever twist - the light is in the door,- but there are no visible wires to the electrical source...how does HiB...

Forging ahead: London's future

...ecovery and growth, climate change or realizing the 'Big Society' vision. On Wednesday the newly formed and exclusive construction and property forum Forge hosted a debate on this issue, looking at the key forces that will shape London and the world over the coming years. The debate was chaired by the Rt. Hon. Michael Portillo and featured gu...

KitchenAid launches classy multi-functional built-in coffee machine

...3610 built-in coffee machine delivers everything you would expect of a luxury manufacturer renowned for its quality and attention to detail.[TRIMTO]   The powerful, integrated automatic coffee machine is equipped with a variety of functions for professional coffee making at home. There is a choice of settings for varying the coffee volu...

Totally successful shows!

...o being next to - rather than at opposite ends of - the NEC site, will add more value and save time for visitors," comments James. T: 0207 973 4606 W: www.2011.totallydiy.co.uk ...

Geberit posts gratifying financial results for 2010

...kets overall posted increased sales of 4.6%. The financial statements and complete annual report for 2010 will be released at the analyst and media conference in Zurich on 10th March, 2011. T: 0800 077 8365 W: www.geberit.co.uk ...

Season's greetings from Croydex turn into hard cash for hospice

... people and businesses across the region. "As a company, we were only too happy to support the efforts of our staff to raise money for such a worthwhile cause by donating the money we usually spend on sending paper Christmas cards ourselves," explains Croydex Managing Director Nick McGrellis. "While our customers still received our best wishe...

Peter Davies joins Utopia

...ia Bathroom Group has announced the appointment of Peter Davies as Area Sales Manager (House Build) for the North. Peter joins Utopia from Waxman Ceramics where he worked for five years in a number of roles, most recently as Business Development Manager. Prior to this, Peter worked for Spanish tile manufacturer, Salona Ceramica.[TRIMTO] "Utop...

Ellis Furniture achieves OHSAS 18001

...g its quality, environmental and occupational health & safety management systems. To qualify for OHSAS 18001:2007, Ellis Furniture had to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to the highest standards in its procedures for risk assessment, risk control, hazard identification, structured health and safety training, emergency procedures and respo...

Smart Systems is latest KBSA corporate member

...t allows a retailer to use just one system to pull together all the constituent products and prices for a kitchen, bathroom or bedroom project without the need to move from one manufacturer's online ordering site to another. "KBBConnect is going to revolutionise the way kitchen, bathroom and bedroom companies do business," promises Charles Kovac...

Retail not the source of inflationary pressure, argues BRC

...ichard Lim, said: "Inflation is now running at 4.0% and has been above the Bank of England's target for more than a year now. By contrast, the Shop Price Index has stayed at around 2%. "Our figures show that food inflation is at a 19 month high. Despite that, overall shop prices are still rising more slowly than the official measure which includ...

A new place of Abode for Michelle

...sinks and taps as well as bathroom taps and showers.[TRIMTO] Michelle has worked in the industry for many years, covering every facet including business development management, customer services, representation and distribution. Most recently she worked for merchant, James Hargreaves, in West Yorkshire. "With Michelle's background experience ...

Whirlpool's new Max microwave oven awarded Which? magazine's 'Best Buy'

...clude: * Unique curved design to fit into any corner on the work top * Patented Crisp technology for fast oven-crisp results * Quartz grill (600 W) and combi-grill cooking * Additional programmes include Jet Defrost for super fast defrosting * Smart electronic controls positioned in the door plinth with trendy blue LED's * 750W, 13-litre capacit...

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...est CIPD/KPMG labour market survey that was issued this week, I'm disturbed by the news that demand for skilled migrant (non EU) workers has increased despite rising levels of unemployment, with more than a fifth of employers planning to recruit migrant workers in the first quarter of 2011. I'm amazed that almost two thirds (63%) of UK employers...

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STOP PRESS: Boasting 1300 exhibitors, Ecobuild is the world's biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment. As well as 100s of interesting new products to discover, there will be a free conference and more than 130 free seminars. The show moves this year to the ExCel centre in London's Docklands. It starts ...

Ellis Furniture welcomes new marketing manager

... Furniture has welcomed Richard Fitzmaurice to the team as marketing manager. Taking responsibility for the marketing of the brand across domestic and commercial markets, Richard started his new position January 2011.[TRIMTO] With a solid KBB industry background, Richard joins the company from Carleton Furniture Group where he was the education ...

Wood you believe it?

...shion in ceramic floor tiles is wood! Yes, wood effect tiles have been extremely popular in Europe for a few years and they are now finding their way onto the British market, says the Tile Trade Association. Why have wood effect tiles? Most of the wood effect tiles on the UK market are hard wearing porcelain; they have beauty of wood in a produc...

Brussels plans asset freeze for bad payers

...rocedures to recover domestic debt vary widely from one country to another. Legal certainty is therefore not always guaranteed for cross-border claims, since creditors may face completely different legal systems and rules. "I want to make the recovery of cross-border debts as easy as recovering debts domestically. Trust is the currency of our si...

A composite range with some added sparkle!

...ighlight, a smooth, rounded model that would be at home in both traditional and modern kitchens. For those looking for an elegant sink with a striking bilateral drainer, Uniline would fit the bill. Plus, it is also available in an oversized version measuring 1160 x 508 mm - perfect for larger-sized family kitchens. The Gemini integrates polis...

Vac from the Sea competition winner joins expedition

...rk, wins the Electrolux and 5 Gyres competition, where first prize is becoming a crew member on the forthcoming 5 Gyres research expedition through the Beagle Channel in March. Within the framework of the Vac from the Sea-project, Electrolux and renowned research organisation 5 Gyres have invited one person to join the 5 Gyres research expeditio...

Wake up to Kate & Will's commemorative sliding doors

Forget commemorative tea towels, mugs, plates and coins - they're so Charles and Di. For this year's Royal Wedding, die-hard memorabilia collectors can have Kate and William on their sliding wardrobe doors![TRIMTO]   Made-to-measure sliding door system retailer Spaceslide.co.uk, is offering a Limited Edition Royal Wedding sli...

Get your business on track with help from new tools

...ip shape were launched this week by HM Revenue & Customs. The four new products are suitable for the self employed, sole traders and small businesses. They have been produced in advance of the launch of HMRC's new Business Record Checks programme later this year, which will impose penalties for significant record-keeping failures. "In the...

Methven launches Vision and Values

Methven UK ended 2010 on a high with a special event on 10th December for more than 100 members of staff to celebrate the launch of the company's Vision and Values and the transfer of the Deva business to Methven UK.[TRIMTO]   Organised by the marketing team and led by newly appointed Methven UK Chief Operating Officer Steve Lee, highl...

New black look for Maytag's Trilogy

...ssic black glass and stainless steel finish.[TRIMTO]   Maytag has an enviable reputation for producing design classics and its M3D20FCG07 Trilogy is a perfect example of the company's carefully balanced blend of time-honoured craftsmanship and outstanding technology. This highly sophisticated fridge freezer carries the prized 'wow' facto...

Environmental support for food waste disposers

...tion, the CIWEM has highlighted the fact that in-sink FWDs are an environmentally acceptable option for separating food waste at source and conveying it to treatment and use via existing infrastructures. The CIWEM argues that in addition to providing energy, anaerobic digestion conserves the nutrients from the waste, using the digestate on land ...

Record-breaking year for KBB Review Industry Awards

Organisers of the kbbreview Industry Awards 2011 are celebrating another record-breaking year for entries. Judges including Johnny Grey, Andrew Randall from Tsunami, Cheryl Gurner from Bathrooms International, Matt Thomas from John Lewis, Paul Rowland from CP Hart and Simon Taylor have completed the first stage of judging, going through hundred...

Atag joins EQ Software

Atag, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, has signed up with EQ Software, the dedicated business management software solution for the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom market. Using EQ Software allows kitchen specialists to access brochures, images, p...

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...onment. This feeling was underlined today when I learned that kbb London is to be the launch platform for a fundraising initiative hoping to raise £20,000 to help WaterAid in its work to improve access to safe water, hygiene, and sanitation in some of the world's poorest communities. The campaign will be officially launched at kbb Londo...

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...nable to attend Ecobuild this year since it clashed with the three-day Cleaning Show in Birmingham (for which we produce the 'Official Daily' on behalf of the organisers) John suggested that Chervana attend Ecobuild on our behalf. When Chervana and I met up again last night to discuss our experiences and argue over whose feet ached the most (she...

Ecobuild

by Chervana Hobbs 'Ecobuild is the world's biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment and the UK's largest construction event of any kind', says the blurb, but I really had no idea how big it would be, how many people would attend and how many products were going to be on show. I didn't quite know where to s...

'From megawatts to negawatts: taking the energy out of buildings'

..., and one of Scotland's leading independent programme makers). The speakers were:  * Max Fordham, Founder, Max Fordham, former President-Elect of CIBSE * Andy Ford, President of CIBSE, Technical director of Mott MacDonald Fulcrum *  Ian Marchant, Chief Executive, Scottish and Southern Energy, member of the UK Business Council ...

Works of art that heat your living space too!

... output), it is one of the safest radiators around. It comes in a variety of vibrant colours and performs well - and is extremely efficient. Specifiers and building occupants may design any colour combination they wish.  This product uses Jaga's popular Low H2O low mass, low water content technology, using one tenth of the weight and water con...

At Methven you could really feel the difference

...atinjet showers myself, I could tell straight away that I have never experienced anything like it before - it really did feel like satin over my skin; it was incredible and I am sure that anyone else who visited the stand would say the same. I am also sure, that like me, many of them wished they could hold their aching feet underneath instead! This...

Testing ultra thin tiles for strength and cutting ease

Domus, the commercial tiling specialist, used interactive displays and information screens to highlight the benefits of the latest ultra-slim porcelain tile technology. The product demonstrated was Kerlite, which comes in sheets up to 3000 x 1000mm and is just 3.5mm thick. The ultra slim format utilises 70% less raw material than traditional t...

It's not just what's on show that matters...

...g its range of innovative sanitary and piping solutions with a strong focus on sustainable products for hotel design. Paul Ashby (Technical Sales Manager) posed next to the bathroom design. Recognising that the secret to beautiful bathroom design lies behind the walls, Geberit offers a complete package of products from plumbing and dra...

Mereway Kitchens inspirational new spring 2011 Launch - an introduction

...striking, linear woodgrain available in a light textured matt finish or sleek high gloss finish. For a darker, more sumptuous feel take a look at new Mali Wenge; a rich, dark woodgrain finish available in matt textured and high gloss options. With both finishes starting in Price Group 1, showrooms can really create the look of a designer kitchen...

New Bathroom Academy website launched

...adable bathroom guides.[TRIMTO] "The website has been under review by the BMA's bathroom experts for over 12 months. Many man-hours have been put in to make the eLearning site bang up-to-date and its fresh new look brightens the whole new, easily navigable, site." The BMA was offering special discounted training to new students signing up at ...

Several new launches from Dimplex

...nge of hot water cylinders. The new heat pump range includes the LA PMS medium temperature range for domestic installations, the LA MAS which is designed to meet the space and water heating requirements for larger domestic installations and the LA MI range which features an inverter to reduce the load and power requirements. In addition, a ne...

A fast and easy way to turn off your water in an emergency

Britons fork out over £1.8 billion per year to repair the damage caused by leaking water in their homes, according to recent research from Halifax Home Insurance. Leaking water from washing machines, dishwashers, burst water tanks, pipes, showers and baths causes damage to some 3.3 million homes per year. However if there is a water emer...

Eco-friendly and a great base for futuristic design!

...lding boards -Wedi is a building system,' and you just have to look at what this system can be used for to realise that it is indeed a remarkable product. Wedi building boards have been developed over the last 25 years and are now being used for bathroom architecture and fashioning wellness worlds, having been adapted from their original use in ...

News in Brief

...ay by some of the products launched by AEG as part of its Neue Kollektion! See next week's KBZine for my report or call: 08445 610561 Congratulations to Ideal Standard International , which is celebrating the win of its third RoSPA Occupational Health & Safety Gold Medal Award! www.ideal-standard.co.uk Atag has updated its QuliMax ...

Polypipe fined after worker injured by fork lift truck

Polypipe has been fined after a fork lift truck that had been lowering a cage containing two workers to the ground, hit one of the men. The man, who has asked not to be named, had been standing on top of a lorry, loading coiled plastic pipes at Polypipe's site on Boston Road Industrial Estate, Horncastle, Lincolnshire. Skegness Magistrates' ...

KitchenAid adds revolutionary finish to gas hob range

...to create a range of iconic household appliances today.[TRIMTO]   KitchenAid is renowned for its professional performance, designed for the most passionate gourmet; however, for people who love to cook they expect durability to be built in. The new collection of gas hobs from KitchenAid promises nothing less than everlasting beauty. ...

Abode wins JPD Innovation Award

..., was presented with a JPD 'Innovation Award' by Tony Oates, JPD's Managing Director. The award is for yet another innovative idea from Abode - its clever in-sync website www.abode.eu Speaking about the award, Darren Holiday says: "JPD understands the reasoning behind the launch of the website and how useful it is as a helpful tool for traini...

Showerwall expands UK distribution with the appointment of Q4 Bathrooms

Showerwall has appointed York-based Q4 Bathrooms from 1st March to be a distributor for its waterproof wallpanelling product, expanding further the product's availability nationwide. Q4 has two locations in York and Manchester servicing the North and North West of England, making Showerwall now available from 19 distribution points nationwide incl...

AKW raises the standard with electric care shower

...t leader in the provision of elderly and disabled bathroom products, the company reports that sales for January exceeded half of the total sales for 2010. Uptake by the trade and extremely positive feedback from end users is confirming that the company has raised the standard for electric care showers with this product.[TRIMTO] In designing the...

OHSAS 18001 certification for British Tile Manufacturer

... recent certification to OHSAS 18001:2007 - the internationally recognised assessment specification for occupational health & safety management systems.[TRIMTO]   This further promotes British Ceramic Tile's safe and healthy working environment by providing a framework that allows the company to consistently identify and control heal...

Whirlpool's new tumble dryers take drying to a new level

Whirlpool has taken the trusty and time-honoured tumble dryer to new levels of performance with its new and spacious tumble dryers.[TRIMTO] Featuring the company's patented 6th Sense technology and top-of-the-range Carisma design, the 9kg AZB 9780 and 8kg AZB 8680 condenser tumble dryers offer a host of special and attractive features to retai...

Blazing a trail for reducing textile waste

...ancy system is compatible with a broad range of textile mixtures, maximising the available material for processing by converters. The reuse of materials that are currently discarded to landfill could increase dramatically within an industry that is struggling to maintain its feedstock supply routes. The UK nonwoven processing/textile recycling i...

Showerwall expands UK distribution with the appointment of Q4 Bathrooms

Showerwall has appointed York-based Q4 Bathrooms from 1st March to be a distributor for its waterproof wallpanelling product, expanding further the product's availability nationwide. Q4 has two locations in York and Manchester servicing the North and North West of England, making Showerwall now available from 19 distribution points nationwide incl...

TTA Awards 2011 finalists announced

...am (pictured) by Birmingham Tile and Mosaic - Mapei products were used to prepare 2,400m2 of floors for the tiling Suffolk New College, Ipswich by Cottrell Ceramics - Over 1000 m2 of Johnson Tiles were laid in the entrance atrium area. Best use of tile in a private sector contract : Colour Bar Hair Salon, Sligo by The Gilroy Tiles Group...

New housing report shows big changes in the mix

... mix since 1999 have started to unwind, according to the latest report on housing trends from HobsonFord Associates in association with The National House-Building Council. The Market Insights report, Trends in the Mix of UK New Build Housing, is a summary of trends from more than 4 million housing starts over the last 24 years.[TRIMTO] "Changes...

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...felt by only a relative minority of young people and the current situation is not worse than ever before, as many in the press would have us believe. The widespread perception that one in five, 16 - 24 year olds are unemployed is based on a narrow and somewhat misleading interpretation of official statistics while talk of a 'lost generation' of you...

New Polypipe Ventilation catalogue makes specifcation easy

...than just a product guide, the new catalogue provides customers with simple to use navigation tools for complete ventilation system specification. The Ventilation System Selector page presents customers with the opportunity to select which system strategy most suits the needs of a specific dwelling, from basic intermittent extract ventilation th...

Showerwall and Showerlux join forces for a complete solution

...ed by Showerlux, the expert in luxury shower design, to be part of company's new all-in-one concept for bathroom retailers.[TRIMTO] The new concept is available now for new or replacement in-store displays in bathroom retail. Showerlux is offering retailers a discounted showering package comprising the tray, enclosure, shower valve, waterproof w...

Bushboard invests almost £2m in the future of worktops

...ontinues an impressive track record in recent years as the company expands its position as the UK's foremost worktop manufacturer. In 2007, Bushboard set up a new manufacturing facility for its Encore solid surface range; in 2008 spent £0.5m on a waste burning and boiler system along with a new saw operation and last year turned its sights on...

New from Chamber Furniture: a bespoke black American walnut lined wine cellar

...med bespoke kitchen and furniture maker is illustrated perfectly here with the clients' brief being for their extensive collection of vintage wine to be stored somewhere that they could also have wine and cheese tastings with their friends. The cellar had to be beautiful as well as practical! Chamber, which uses traditional joinery techniques t...

Overloading only increases costs further, warns Swinton Commercial

...around 3% more fuel. "With the costs of running vans rising all of the time, operators can ill afford to needlessly increase their bills further," warns Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swintons." By making sure that tyres are inflated to the correct level for the load being carried, drivers can minimise any additional expense whilst imp...

AEG Neue Kollektion product ranges win iF Design Awards

...the 2,756 entries from 43 countries in this year's competition, which is organised by International Forum Design in Hannover, Germany. The awards were for the following product ranges: - AEG Competence, MaxiKlasse built-in/under product range 60 H-design - AEG Compact product range 38 H-design - AEG MaxiSense Bridge hobs product range (...

kbb London inspires with educational seminar programme

...ther trends insight will be presented by Global Color Research, who will unveil global colour trend forecasts for the forthcoming season. The session 'Design for Life' will present inspirations and latest concepts from the industry's established designers - people behind the most innovative recent product concepts. The guests of this panel sessi...

Environmental support for food waste disposals

...tion, the CIWEM has highlighted the fact that in-sink FWDs are an environmentally acceptable option for separating food waste at source and conveying it to treatment and use via existing infrastructures. The CIWEM argues that in addition to providing energy, anaerobic digestion conserves the nutrients from the waste, using the digestate on land to ...

EU ministers back moderate ambitions on electronic waste

After the European Parliament last month called for an ambitious 85% e-waste collection target as from 2016, EU environment ministers this week backed European Commission proposals for a 65% quota and postponed its implementation by four years.[TRIMTO]   Meeting in Brussels on Monday, EU environment ministers reached a political agreeme...

Methven launches Maia Skincare Shower

...ter and the award-winning Satinjet technology, which saves water and energy without compromising performance.[TRIMTO]   Already a hit with homeowners, spas, beauty salons and hotels in New Zealand, Australia, the US and the Far East, the Maia Skincare Shower with its distinctive New Zealand design delivers a truly holistic, life-enhancin...

Cleaning and maintenance of wall and floor tiles impact on costs

... This is more important in commercial specifications but design life costs are a powerful argument for selling ceramic and natural stone tiles in domestic situations. A Technical Working Group of The Tile Association has prepared a new technical document ,'The Cleaning and Maintenance of Wall and Floor Tiles'. The documents covers the cleani...

SuperWhite WR Flex available now from Ultra Tile

A brilliant white, highly flexible wall tile adhesive that is suitable for most common substrates, SuperWhite WR Flex is the latest edition to the Ultra Tile range of ready mixed wall tile adhesives. It is perfect for tiling applications where white grout is the chosen finish.[TRIMTO]   Suitable for interior use it is specially formula...

Government rolls out red carpet for entrepreneurs and investors

Foreign entrepreneurs and investors are being given extra incentive to come to the UK after the Home Office announced new visa rules this week that will reward those who will contribute to economic growth.[TRIMTO]   Under the new rules, those who come to the UK and invest large sums of money will be given the right to settle permanently...

Shower Doctor sees surge in en suites

...n shower parts and Mira shower spares. "En-suites are becoming more and more popular, especially for larger families," says a Shower Doctor spokesperson. "The key is to research and plan your design accordingly; decide what it is you're looking for in your bathroom, whether it will be purely a functional area or a space for relaxing and pamperin...

Financing the future - new government help for exporters

Many more British exporters, including many SMEs, are now eligible to apply for short term credit insurance from the UK export credit agency, ECGD (Export Credits Guarantee Department). ECGD's short term insurance has previously only been available for capital exports, making it of interest mainly to large exporters. In the white paper: 'Trade ...

Complete co-ordination from LDL

...LDL Components, the nationwide distributor of quality furniture fittings, has introduced a range of Form-Line cutlery trays in Silk White to co-ordinate with Blum Intivo drawer boxes in Silk White. Made from durable plastic, the cutlery trays are suitable for use with both 450mm and 500mm depth drawer boxes and are available in a variety sizes t...

Presenting the Flex Factor winner!

...ble in their new look packaging! Sporting bright new colours, a modern design, simplified product information and now ideal bag sizes, the packaging is perfect for both retailers and fixers alike. FineJoint and WideJoint are both formulated to provide a hygienic finish that is mould resistant and water repellent. FineJoint is suitable for joint ...

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...ave reduced their business tax rates, removed barriers to enterprise, improved education systems, reformed welfare and increased exports,  the reverse has happened in Britain. As a result, we've dropped from 4th to 12th place in the global competitiveness league. However, he also referred to the fact that The European Commission has recentl...

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  Don't forget that the Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the NEC Birmingham, finishes on Sunday at 17.00. It's well worth a visit! E: hbrshows@centaur.co.uk Congratulations to Whirlpool , awarded the 2011 Energy Star Sustained Excellence award (the highest possible award) by the US Environmental Protection Agency! T: 0208 6...

Young tilers show their skills

...Electrical, Plumbing, Carpentry, Plastering, Painting and Decorating and Wall & Floor tiling. For the latter, two competitors were selected to produce a mosaic mural depicting the London 2012 Olympic Games. Both competitors are studying Diploma 2 in wall & floor tiling. Vijay Jadeja from Hackney College and Pawel Golen from Acton Coll...

Ideal Standard International celebrates new RoSPA win

...ive, design-driven bathroom solutions, is celebrating the win of its third RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Occupational Health & Safety Gold Medal Award. The Gold Medal Award is only awarded to companies gaining RoSPA's Gold Achievement Standard level for five consecutive years. The award recognises organisations th...

Electrolux Cube offers unique dining experience across Europe

...aim is to create an experience that surprises and inspires guests with fantastic tastes and never-before-seen views, ultimately stimulating them to explore their own creative boundaries next time they entertain friends or family at home. Two Electrolux Cubes will travel across Europe offering a memorable dining experience for 18 guests per setti...

NKBA announces 2010/2011 Student Design Competition winners

... received more than 320 entries from students at colleges and universities across North America. For the first time ever, this year's competition challenged entrants to design a condominium unit in a high-rise building situated on Lake Michigan in downtown Chicago. The students' designs offer insight into fresh design trends generated by the up-...

Craig Rothwell scales Mount Kilimanjaro for charity

...es has completed a 10 day charity climb up Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise funds for the biggest youth centre in the UK, Bolton Lads and Girls Club. Earlier this month, Craig took the challenging Rongai route up to the 19,340 foot summit in his fundraising mission for Bolton Lads and Girls Club. Craig and the team set down the...

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Thank you for visiting Ecobuild - I hope you found your time at the event both useful and enjoyable. The presentations from this year's conference and seminar programme are now available on the Ecobuild website and are free to download for all Ecobuild's visitors. To view the presentations, click and enter your Ecobuild login details.[TRIMTO...

The Prince's Foundation uses Shaw's sinks

...to The Prince's Foundation's Natural House being built at the Building Research Establishment in Watford, near London. The Natural House is a low carbon home designed by The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment using natural materials in a traditional design that reflects the character of its local area. The Prince's Foundation for the...

Carron Phoenix's Espresso granite satisfies growing trend for organic colours

...nched a year ago, is strongly coming into its own as the company reports a sharp rise in popularity for this chocolate-based, pearlescent colour. Says Neil Clark, sales and marketing director at Carron Phoenix: "Over the last eight months, sales of Espresso granite, especially in the modern Bali 105 sink, have grown far faster than any other ...

AKW raises the standard with electric care shower

...g sales figures. The popular supplier of elderly and disabled bathroom products reports that sales for January exceeded half of the total sales for 2010. Uptake by the trade and extremely positive feedback from end users is confirming that the company has raised the standard for electric care showers with this product. In designing the LUDA, A...

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...than the populations of America, Germany and France. And as well as undertaking much needed  reform of our schools and universities, the Government is committed to funding new University Technical Colleges which will provide 11-19 year olds with vocational training that is promised to be amongst the best in the world. In Austria, Germany an...

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...seems a fair way of doing things - after all at the moment, those who rarely use a car but need one for, say, taking an elderly parent to the supermarket or hospital once a week during quiet times, are paying the same road tax as those who drive during the rush hour and clock up 2000 miles a week on business. There's a big difference between the tw...

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STOP PRESS: Regular readers of KBZine might remember that I've been looking around for a new microwave. Well, I'm delighted to say that my kitchen worktop now boasts something that several visitors have mistaken for a retro TV! Yes - I've had the Which? 'Best Buy' Award-winning Whirlpool Max 38 microwave oven on test for the past couple of weeks. How's it doing? Look out for the first part of my review in next week's issue, broadcast on 8th April... W: www.whirlpool.co.uk   ...

Majority of Europeans support 'pay as you go' driving scheme

by Emilie Binois for EurActiv France and autoactu.com The majority of Europeans would be happy if the EU brought in a 'pay as you drive' scheme, according to a Eurobarometer study commissioned by the European Commission in preparation for its White Paper on transport, published on Tuesday. The purpose of the study was to assess the popular...

Kbb London reveals innovation leaders

20 pioneering kitchen, bathroom and bedroom product concepts have been shortlisted for the kbb London Innovation Awards. The Awards recognise kbb design excellence and original thought and shortlisted products range from technologically advanced appliances and interactive storage solutions to space-saving concepts and architectural spaces, represe...

TMVA success with latest Department of Health Guidance

... the TMVA, and further endorses the Thermostatic Mixing Valve as a vital and reliable safety device for use in healthcare properties," says The Chair of the TMVA, Roy Minett. "The TMVA and its members are continuing to work with the Department of Health to ensure that healthcare engineers and other staff are aware of - and implementing - the re...

Electrolux named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies 2011

... 110 companies in 38 industries that surpass their industry peers. The named companies are rewarded for implementing business practices and initiatives that are instrumental to the company's success, benefit the community, and raise the bar for ethical standards within the industry. Ethisphere Institute reviewed thousands of companies through in...

'Distinctly Abode' a great success!

...y radiused 25mm corners designed to facilitate a combination approach to the sink layout or provide for single product installation. There are six sinks in the collection, ranging from an individual small half bowl up to a large double bowl, all without drainers. There is a range of accessories available including a stainless steel colander, a ...

Government proposes longer lorries to help cut carbon

...rticulated lorry to 18.75 metres but would not allow any increase in overall weight. The Department for Transport estimates that this move could increase capacity for hauliers transporting lightweight goods by up to 13% and cut carbon emissions by around one hundred thousand tonnes each year. "The road haulage industry is vital to the economy, m...

Brits more adventurous with bathroom design

... it comes to decorating their bathroom, say BetterBathrooms.com. "The recession was a tough time for everyone, especially home owners," says the company's Pete Robertshaw. At the same time, the DIY industry saw something of a boom time, as many homeowners opted to add to the value of their home via improvements. Now it appears that homeowners ar...

Leadership key to trade associations' power

...ield and circulated in Brussels policy circles last week, reports EurActive. "The main challenge for European associations is finding consensus between corporate members who compete with each other for market share, and national associations with very different cultures," says Ben Atfield, a partner at Ellwood and Atfield, commenting on the find...

Burlington Lakeland Stone: a natural alternative to marble and granite

...units have helped glamorise kitchens and bathrooms over recent years, the time has now arrived for a sumptuous and functional alternative - British Lakeland natural stone. Burlington's highly skilled stone engineers have access to a stone source that has been quarried for over 400 years and which is as rich and aesthetically plea...

Bathroom Conference date and venue change

...," says Bathroom Manufacturers Association's boss Yvonne Orgill. The Conference is now scheduled for Wednesday 9th November 2011, at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire. The Conference is now regarded as the most important business event in the UK bathroom industry calendar and the choice of Heythrop Park perfectly reflects this. "Breakthrough th...

CP Group introduces the next generation of designer splashbacks with Enki

...ching shades of red, orange, pink and lime green, will add sensational colour to the walls, perfect for creating red hot looks this Summer, while the Muted collection offers a more timeless style and a wide colour palette with the ever so popular shades of amethyst, chocolate, mink sage. For those who prefer their monochromatic colour schemes, t...

Ten top tips for bedroom bliss

...droom Specialists Association should give you a head start in creating the perfect bedroom. 1. Before you start remodelling, consider who's using the room and what for. Children may want a playroom, teenagers will need a den with space to do homework, and adults would probably like an oasis of calm and tranquillity. Bear this in mind when planni...

Whirlpool Corporation receives highest energy award

...s that energy efficiency is more important than ever in the purchase decision of consumers shopping for major appliances. "Whirlpool Corporation's long-term leadership and commitment to energy efficiency demonstrates the types of accomplishments that we can all achieve in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting our global environment," ...

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Welcome to the KBzine Generally when I receive a press release for KBZine I'm reminded of how much I've learnt about innovation in this industry since becoming involved just over two years ago. It took the BBC though to underline quite how far we've all come over the last few hundred years and my goodness, am I grateful! For tho...

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...idge.co.uk The SP455 has been added to Aqata's popular Spectra frameless collection, designed for minimal and wetroom style shower spaces. E: sales@aqata.co.uk Douglas-Delabie says its new Temposoft 2 washbasin taps and mixers can save approximately 84% of water compared with a traditional basin tap. T: 01491 824 449 Laufen's comp...

New FIRA online forum for members

...s ongoing website development, The Furniture Industry Research Association has created a new online forum facility for its members. The forum allows members to post questions, comments and articles for discussion, keep in touch with current industry matters and access any standards updates. The service is only available to FIRA members on www.fira...

Mereway Kitchens introduce pioneering new hinges to its range

...kel plated hinge featuring integrated Blumotion with a deactivation facility is a pioneering change for the company's product offering. This groundbreaking new hinge facilitates greater soft close adjustment, regardless of front weight or closing speed, and is designed to open and close 200,000 times - so comes with a lifetime guarantee! Desp...

Showermate eco goes from strength to strength

...owermate eco, its most competitive shower pump yet, providing the ideal solution to boost shower performance. The trade and customers have warmly welcomed this latest addition to the Stuart Turner range, clearly creating a demand for a competitively priced shower pump with the reassurance of it being fully WRAS approved and supplied by the UK's ...

Introducing 'next generation' of self-cleaning, antimicrobial ceramic tiles

...echnology protects humans from infectious microbes, eliminates fungus growth and minimises the need for cleaning and sterilising products. Indeed, it has been estimated that a run of 1000 square meters of Lifeker tiles is on equally footing as 60 trees when it comes to the ability to decompose pollutants! SurfaShield technology, received the pre...

Pan European talks on sustainable use of forests about to start

...governmental talks that are expected to result in a legally-binding agreement on sustainable use of forests in 2013. In parallel, the European Commission is kicking off talks to revamp its forest policy. An agreement to open negotiations is expected to be reached by the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe, which will take ...

Ellis Furniture expands popular Lexington kitchen range

...d with Lexington chrome sculptured handles, honeysuckle glass splashbacks and African black granite for a dramatic new look. The Lexington Gloss Cream units and Intrigue Gloss Olivewood doors - also available in Gloss Applewood - are made from high gloss acrylic faced FSC MDF and glass effect PVC edged doors. They are supplied on an 18mm glued a...

AEG launches Grassroots Rugby campaign to win free kit and laundry packages

... top-of-the-range AEG washing machine and tumble dryer. To apply, simply fill out an application form at aeg/co.uk/grassroots and 50 lucky teams will be selected. In addition to the free kit and laundry products, each team will also have the chance to win some amazing prizes, including: - A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train with Martin ...

Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2011 "most successful yet" for KBSA

...inundated with enquiries at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2011, making it the busiest ever for its resident expert Alan Stanford. "The show was exceptionally busy, the queue at the experts advice centre built up to well over 50 people within 10 minutes of the show opening and there was an excellent variety of kitchen, bathroom and bedro...

Low Pay Commission's 2011 report

...ndations this year are, as ever, based on sound economic evidence and take account of the prospects for the UK economy. The UK economy is forecast to grow, but the pace is uncertain. We believe our recommendations are appropriate and balance the needs of low-paid workers and the challenges faced by businesses. "The position of young people in th...

Gorenje re-runs popular laundry promotion

Gorenje, the Slovenian manufacturer famed for its creative and innovative appliances, is re-running the popular promotion on its best-selling eco-friendly washing machines and dryers. From now until 31st May 2011, Gorenje is offering a free five-year parts and labour guarantee on any one of four washing machines and dryers. These include the WA...

One-pack solution ensures easy installation of a wet room

...ble through builders merchants and bathroom and wet-room retailers . UniSlope is an innovative pre-formed wet room base supplied complete with a choice of stunning linear drains in one easy package. The UniSlope Range comprises two designs each incorporating the perfect gradient for efficient water run away and each supplied with the UniDrain A...

Survey shows need to raise demand for apprenticeships amongst employers

...three years, with two thirds (68%) of these saying that they consider apprenticeships inappropriate for their organisation. This is one of the main findings from the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development's 2011 Learning and Talent Development Survey, highlighting the need for Government to work with employers to promote the business ca...

Whirlpool's Pro-Fit system eases appliances installation and cuts costs

...liances logical, easy and quick, saving time and money and ensuring appliances are safely installed for years to come. The innovative system has been applied to a wide selection of Whirlpool built-in appliances, including ovens, microwaves, coffee machines, dishwashers, built-in fridge freezers and side-by-side products. Using Pro.Fit Support, w...

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...e had some good news in the UK this week when official labour market figures released by the Office for National Statistics, revealed that fewer people are out of work. The experts are telling us not to get too excited though, warning that unemployment is likely to rise again later in the year. The British retail consortium is concerned that con...

Irish SFA tells Minister for Jobs how to boost employment

...was an important meeting as the small business sector currently employs half the private sector workforce, some 700,000 people. SFA Chairman, Ian Martin, leading the delegation of small business owner-managers, has said that "Government job promises can only be delivered through successful small businesses. "Jobless growth emerging from this...

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...idge.co.uk The SP455 has been added to Aqata's popular Spectra frameless collection, designed for minimal and wetroom style shower spaces. E: sales@aqata.co.uk Douglas-Delabie says its new Temposoft 2 washbasin taps and mixers can save approximately 84% of water compared with a traditional basin tap. T: 01491 824 449 Laufen's comp...

Circle Living wins top award

Circle Living, part of Circle, one of the UK's largest providers of affordable housing, has won a First Time Buyer Award Outlook Place in Watford, won Most Eco-Aware Project at the First Time Buyer Readers' Awards in London on Friday, and was also runner up in the Best Small Development category. Designed by award winning PTE Architects and ...

Inspired by experience, Franke celebrates its centenary in style

... to be the world's largest manufacturer of kitchen sinks, is 100 years old - and, with a reputation for being at the forefront of research and development in the kitchen industry, the company is celebrating with the new state-of-the art Centinox sink, along with two stunning taps and innovative accessories. The Centinox sink encompasses all the ...

KitchenAid appoints sole UK distributor

... 1st May 2011. KitchenAid has been evaluating its distribution strategy in recent months in an effort to provide the very best service for the company's retail partners and elevate the brand to the status it deserves. "It has taken much soul searching to find the right partner for the KitchenAid brand," explains Andy Burns, Head of Business U...

Hotel guests experience perfect motion with Blum

If you're paying three figures or northwards of that for a hotel room you expect a certain level of luxury. Apart from the obvious aspects like contemporary decor, light and airy room space and good bed...it's the details that impress the regular hotel stayer. People away from home, business travellers and holidaymakers are delighted by the...

New Cucina Colore brochure has arrived

Popular UK kitchen furniture manufacturer Mereway Kitchens, has launched new products for its Italian inspired Cucina Colore collection. This Spring brings a brand new brochure hosting a wealth of stunning, inspirational photography that's guaranteed to impress. The new book is every bit as special as Mereway's furniture. The brochure compri...

Whirlpool's Max microwaves come in new colours!

...fashionable red and cream. Conveniently compact, the Max is stylish, versatile and a powerful performer. Its cleverly designed 'round back' means it slips neatly into any corner, saving worktop space. However, it is far from being a mere showpiece! The Max microwave has a generous 28cm turntable and a cavity space equivalent to a 23-litre mode...

US consumer electronics industry to triple annual recycling by 2016

...ase the number of collection opportunities available; and provide transparent metrics on eCycling efforts. One billion pounds of electronics, if not properly recycled, would fill about 88.9 million cubic feet, equivalent to an entire 71,000-seat NFL stadium. "The launch of the eCycling Leadership Initiative is a watershed moment in the history o...

Versatility and flexibility module by module

...or and includes a wash station available with either a single drawer or double drawer configuration for ample storage in 600mm and 900mm widths. The wash stations can be completed with either a statement sit-on basin to give the room a real focal point, or a choice of more streamlined inset basins. Shades also offers a choice of two WC units to...

AEG's MaxiKlasse free standing cookers offer great flexibility

...h MaxiSense induction hob, which has flexible zones that allow maximum space and choice of position for any size or shape of pans... even a fish kettle can comfortably be placed across two zones for perfect heat distribution. The Stop and Go feature allows instant control at the touch of a button. The main oven has eight functions including ultr...

Plumber survives fall through roof in second similar accident at site

...the fragile ceiling tile. He suffered injuries to his head and neck and needed to wear a neck brace for 12 weeks. The HSE investigation found another plumber had fallen through a ceiling tile at the premises two years earlier, but had escaped injury by grabbing hold of the ceiling boards. Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Martin Heywo...

AKW takes home 'Best in Show' Award at Naidex

... five star rating by Able Magazine. A UK leader in showering, daily living and kitchen solutions for the elderly, disabled and less able people, AKW was given the award for the development of one of its most innovative products, Luda, what is said to be an industry-first electric care shower. This is the first main award that the pioneering Luda...

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Welcome to the KBzine Why is it that so many people are winding down for their Easter break this weekend, the Royal Wedding next Friday and all the other lovely public holidays that are coming up, while John and I are having to cram our full week's work into a much shorter space of time, over and over again? Not wishing to sound...

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...idge.co.uk The SP455 has been added to Aqata's popular Spectra frameless collection, designed for minimal and wetroom style shower spaces. E: sales@aqata.co.uk Douglas-Delabie says its new Temposoft 2 washbasin taps and mixers can save approximately 84% of water compared with a traditional basin tap. T: 01491 824 449 Laufen's comp...

Identity and Passport Service warns: Don't rubbish your passport!

...ately 10,000 of those lost while on a night out in a bar or club. The more unusual reasons given for losing a passport included: * taxi attacked by gunman on way to airport (Brazil); * placed on a fire with clothes; * lost while in prison; * put in bin by infant daughter; * drunk boyfriend (now ex) destroyed it; * fell out of bag while snowbo...

Carron Phoenix supports Everything But The Kitchen Sink's fundraiser

...named fundraiser, 'Everything But the Kitchen Sink' on its cycling mission in August to raise money for the Welsh charity MS Society Cymru. As well as a corporate donation, Carron has given two of its Contessa stainless sinks which the fundraisers will strap to two of their bikes for the 500 mile trip from Cardiff to Amsterdam. The six fundraise...

Small firms' recruitment plans in jeopardy, finds new research

...ear ahead, a new survey suggests. According to the latest quarterly Referendum research from the Forum of Private Business over a fifth of small business owners (22%) expect to recruit in 2011 - but confidence that they will be able to do so is dwindling compared to December 2010, when almost 30% of respondents said they planned to take on new s...

Energy label: few manufacturers keep their promises

Consumers use the information on appliance energy labels when deciding which appliance to purchase, but that information is only useful if it's accurate. Unfortunately tests carried out recently under ATLETE (Appliance Testing for Energy Label Evaluation) - the project funded by the European Commission to test the compliance of 80 different mod...

FIRA Service Technicians expand across Ireland

...aints. Three new technicians from Ireland have now joined FIRA Service Technicians and have been formally trained at FIRA's Stevenage training centre. This means that the service can provide an even better response in both the North and South of Ireland, for retailers and manufacturers alike. The FIRA Service Technicians service provides tech...

Super sleek kitchen offers functional, sociable space

...the streamlined look the cabinets were constructed with touch action mechanism eliminating the need for handles. To further keep a sense of openness and light, a tall wall length larder provides storage for essential items such as packets and tins. The easy to use pull-out racks allow the user to clearly see all the items within... thankfully no mo...

Hanex solid surfacing targets kitchen sector with impressive 100+ choice of designs

... "The Hanex brand is aimed at retailers and specialist fabricators providing bespoke worksurfaces for the luxury, top end of the market where consumers are prepared to pay more for a product that makes an individual statement." Creatively there are 100 finishes demonstrating just how far solid surface has progressed from a flat, one dimensiona...

Retailers should advise browsers it 'mite' be time to change mattress!

...h feed on dead skin... Not a pleasant thought! Research also shows dust mites are often responsible for causing respiratory problems in asthma sufferers. Cleaning bed sheets, duvets and pillows regularly will help but it is advised that you change your mattress every 8 to 10 years. Specialist bedroom furniture company, Raines & Willow, has a...

2 in 5 Administrations in construction or services leads to South East decline

... same period in 2010, the figures reveal. However, despite this fall individual regions relative performance has been extremely varied.  For example, North East and Yorkshire and Humberside and the Midlands have seen a decrease of 31%, 20% and 10% respectively. "These figures show a reversal in fortunes when comparing the North and South...

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...een clever enough to supply some appliance or other to the new Royal kitchen, or has taken an order for a new bedroom or luxury bathroom suite for the newlyweds. What a coup that will be! And talking of luxury bathrooms, I was treated to a tour of Utopia's new showrooms up in Wolverhampton recently and my goodness, have I got some delights to sh...

UK manufacturer offers outsourced customer care solution

In what it believes is a first for UK industry, kitchen appliance manufacturer, Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, has launched a new service brand to make the company's UK-based maintenance, repair and customer care operation available to businesses seeking an outsourced service solution for their appliances and heating products. The newly created...

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...idge.co.uk The SP455 has been added to Aqata's popular Spectra frameless collection, designed for minimal and wetroom style shower spaces. E: sales@aqata.co.uk Douglas-Delabie says its new Temposoft 2 washbasin taps and mixers can save approximately 84% of water compared with a traditional basin tap. T: 01491 824 449 Laufen's comp...

High-visability water hose makes for safer building sites

...lt of a slip or trip*. Trailing hosepipes are always a potential hazard but they are also essential for concrete mixing, bucket filling, equipment and surface cleaning, plumbing work and many other routine site jobs, so increasing the visibility of hose to reduce accidents will be welcomed by tradesmen and employers alike. Designed to withstand ...

Miele new commercial heat-pump dryers deliver up to 60% energy savings

...in a heat exchanger. The air then proceeds through a second heat exchanger, where it is re-heated before it is passed through the drum. The closed air circuit obviates the need for vent ducting, which can reduce the expense of installation. Cooling and dehumidifying air releases energy that is captured and used to pre-heat cold, dry air. This ap...

OFT's market study into extended warranties is now underway

The OFT's short market study into extended warranties for domestic electrical goods, which will focus on whether competition for warranties is sufficiently effective to ensure consumers get value for money in a market worth well over £750million, is now underway. The results will be published later this Summer. The study follows an OFT re...

Bradbury's has immediate success with Stoneham

...d enjoyed almost immediate success with an important order. Bradbury's has been selling kitchens for over 12 years and has an expansive showroom with over 20 room sets. The association with Stoneham allows Bradbury's to offer a completely bespoke kitchen service with designs that cover a full spectrum of tastes from traditional to contemporar...

Zanussi's new, top of range 8kg washing machine saves time, energy and water

...ssi ZWJ14591W provides what the manufacturer says is the cleanest, most economical and efficient performance possible by automatically adjusting water consumption, energy and cycle time to suit the laundry load size. So no matter how big or small the wash load is, you can be sure precious water, energy and time will not be wasted and an A wash perf...

HMRC turns up the heat on plumbing industry

...ng engineers and members of associated trades who owe tax which they have not yet declared can come forward anytime up to 31st May to tell HMRC they want to take part. If they make a full disclosure, most face a low penalty rate of 10%, with a maximum of 20%. Once they come forward, they have until 31st August to make their disclosure and arrange f...

Builder jailed for putting profit before safety

A Bradford builder has been jailed for trying to cut costs by doing his own gas and electric installation in a granny flat he was building. John Howe was taking so long finishing the construction the owner called in another builder who advised him that power connections in the flat may be dangerous. Bradford Magistrates' Court heard last wee...

Black Country timber firm wins new business in the Middle East

An established Black Country timber firm is finding new markets for its products in the Middle East, with help from UK Trade & Investment. Palmer Timber was set up in 1916 and provides hardwood and softwood timber and wood-based panel products to a variety of industries - including the KBB industry. The company, which has about 70 emplo...

Amica's Platinum range secures a Red Dot Honourable Mention for 2011

Red Dot has honoured Amica of Poland with an Honourable Mention for the company's Integra (Platinum in the UK) range of built-in ovens. The line-up includes features like the innovative I-Cook timer and programmer that was designed specifically to mimic the smartphone icon technology, making it easy and familiar to use for all consumers ...Simil...

Cosmic takes bathroom products to new levels of luxury and style

...up has implemented a new UK Account Management and Customer Service team to support the brand going forward and is offering special terms for retailers looking to enhance their showrooms by displaying this top-of-the-range Spanish brand. The Cosmic brand represents the very pinnacle of luxury in the bathroom industry, adding to the Roca Group's ...

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... to 35% this year.  Whether this diversification has improved business or not, I cannot say for sure, although it would appear that it has, with the average number of kitchens sold over the past year increasing slightly from 5.1 to 5.24 per member month, while sales of bathrooms have increased from 4.0 to 4.6 per member month. The KBSA s...

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...ek... T: 0800 028 4466   AKW  has launched a stylish mixer shower for use in bathrooms designed for the elderly and disabled. T: 01905 823298   Massive overseas sales success for  Glen Dimplex Home Appliances has resulted in a congratulatory visit from local MP Shaun Woodw...

Homebase invests in FIRA Gold Certification

...the only kitchen retailer to receive the Furniture Industry Research Association Gold certification for both its fitted kitchens and installation services. FIRA Gold certification is a mark of excellence awarded by the furniture industry to show that products and installation processes are of the highest standard and will be continually audited fo...

Wall-hung sanitaryware that's as fresh as mint

Geberit has introduced a new mint finish to its award-winning Monolith sanitary module for wall-hung WCs, taking the colour options for this bathroom innovation to three. Ideal for converting a floor-standing WC to a wall-hung version, the Geberit Monolith is a slimline sanitary module with integrated cistern that can be connected to existing ...

US kitchen and bathroom dealers undeterred by marginal declines in Q1 2011

...nd revenue during the first quarter of 2011. The NKBA Kitchen & Bath Market Index (KBMI), which forecasts the confidence of kitchen and bathroom dealers on a scale of -60 to +60, is +34 for Q2 2011 or down 3 points from the last quarter. Showroom visits were up 16%, which marked the only market indicator with a quarter-over-quarter increase. ...

Kitchenaid's new chef touch: the Sous Vide cooking system

...ng system which preserves food by packing the food in an airless environment; the steam-assist oven for gently cooking or perfectly re-heating food and the shock freezer for rapid chilling or long-term deep freezing. Sous Vide cooking is a delicate, high quality, low temperature cooking method that affords culinary creativity. Chef Touch offers ...

Moores takes its show on the road

Moores annual Showcase has become an unmissable event for retailers, architects and developers looking to learn more about the latest products and innovations to grace the kitchen industry and hot off the press are the finalised dates for this year's road trip, which promises to be the best one yet. Taking to the road throughout the month of M...

A charitable affair! Kitchen furniture donated to Oxfam

...iture to Cyan Studios in Leeds where inspirational kitchen sets are built, propped and photographed for Mereway's brochures. A Mereway Kitchens team member thought of the innovative idea to donate the kitchen furniture to charity rather than simply disposing of it - and what better way to recycle the units! With four displays donated in total, ...

Back to black - Carron Phoenix launches chic black ceramic Sapphira sink range

There's nothing quite cuts it for style the way black does and Carron Phoenix is responding to the trend for colour and texture in the kitchen with the brand new Sapphira range of ceramic sinks in a rich and glamorous shade of black. Sapphira will be launched on June 1st along with a host of new sink and tap styles as part of the company's produc...

Electrolux A rated freezer named Which? Online Best Buy

...counter A rated freezer has been named a WHICH? online Best Buy. The appliance tested five stars for 'Reliability' and 'Quietness and Vibration' and achieved an overall score of 83%. The Which? online report includes the following: [TRIMTO] "Very powerful freezing: This freezer has a fast freeze setting that helps it to freeze food rapidly...

Inspirational Izumi

...be made of glass. The acrylic laminate gives an interesting depth of colour and high level of gloss for a truly exceptional design scheme. The new collection answers designer demands for new and exciting kitchens and widens the offering from Uber. "We have introduced the Izumi to extend the retailer portfolio," explains Bob Gonzalez, managing...

Focus (DIY) - an update

...administrators, who say they intend to enable the Group to continue to trade whilst seeking a buyer for all or parts of the business. The existing management team will remain responsible for the day-to-day running of the Group. "Focus has not ceased to trade and customers will be able to continue shopping at Focus stores across the UK," they pro...

Whirlpool launches new range of washing machines

...ly features 6kg, 7kg and 8kg capacity with up to an A+ energy rating offering strong selling points for retailers. The capacious 8kg drum capacity models include intuitive five-digit LED control panel and the company's patented 6th Sense intelligent technology. However the star feature is Whirlpool's Detergent Dosing Recommendation System, where th...

Polypipe heat recovery units help developer reach Code 3

...aving domestic and light commercial ventilation systems, has had its heat recovery system specified for Larkfleet Homes' extensive new housing development in Bourne, near Peterborough.  The first stage of the development, known as 'The Old Laundry', has now been installed with the HR01 units supplied by Deepings Trading. Larkfleet Homes pri...

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...sp;that we spoke to, although there were some quiet backwaters that you'd expect at any trade show. For us, not so far from London, ExCel is a great venue, and if there are sufficient new products to see, well worth the journey for those based a little further afield. So what was on show? We couldn't see everyone of course, but our visit re...

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Welcome to the KBzine Most people would think I'm daft saying I'm looking forward to going to work on Sunday, but when you consider that my work this coming Sunday means a day at KBB London, you might understand. I'm finally going to be able to see first-hand all the wonderful new products I've been learning about over the past few...

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Proskills Awards 2011 now open for entries. www.proskills.co.uk   Ultra stylish enki sleek glass splashbacks and coordinating upstands are now available from all 16 branches of Tile Depot . www.thetiledepot.co.uk www.bathrooms.com is launching a new range of innovative and modern bathroom products in collaboration with Itali...

Roca acquires the Russian firm Akvaton

...lth of Independent States, currently driven by strong economic growth which is expected to continue for some considerable time. Roca recognised the exciting potential for substantial growth when it first entered the Russian bathroom business in 1990 and the company intends to build on its presence with the ultimate aim of becoming the market lea...

New! Five fantastic fridges and freezers from AEG's Neue Kollektion

...his boasts two sealed LongFresh drawers that preserve the newness and quality of your fresh produce for longer. Consider installing this fridge in a side-by-side format with the matching AGN71800F0 freezer for lots of cooling and freezing space. SCZ71800F0 - In-column fridge freezer. Just because you don't have the time to shop for fresh food e...

Has Esse created the World's cleanest-burning cooker?

...ndependent European CE lab and everyone here at Esse is delighted with the results: The EU standard for CO emissions is currently 1% maximum, with some member states even asking for less than 0.3%; Our 990 has been assessed at 0.01% CO! "Its efficiency has also been measured at more than 85% at the flue outlet. It utilises twin catalytic convert...

Liebherr scoops award in world's largest technology competition

...lly scooped one of the most widely acclaimed international red dot design awards in product design, for the new SBSes 7165 side-by-side fridge freezer. The jury is made up of high calibre, internationally renowned designers and design experts who award the 'product design' seal for quality, design and eco-friendliness. Thanks to Liebherr's produ...

Impressive: this groundbreaking new mirror innovation from HiB

HiB has introduced a major solution for illuminated bathroom mirrors - three new LED designs powered by a long-life rechargeable battery pack. Illuminated mirrors are now a high demand item but fitting them into existing bathrooms and cloakrooms comes with one overriding problem - how to access a power source. In these times this would requ...

Homeowners are warming to underfloor heating

...ularity of underfloor heating is on the rise. Discerning homeowners are showing an increased desire for efficiency and comfort and underfloor heating ticks all the boxes. The warmer, drier weather provides the perfect opportunity to get cracking with extensions and DIY projects and so now is the time to consider underfloor heating as an option f...

Franke wins Red Dot Design Award

Franke has won the Red Dot Design award for the new Centinox sink which has been launched to celebrate Franke's centenary. The Centinox encompasses elegance, style and precision engineering; it is a 'slim-top' sink which gives the appearance of a fashionable undermount model. Winners of the Red Dot Award achieve international quality status...

Franke launches celebrity 'experience' in centenary year

... launched a new marketing initiative to drive the company further into the consumer market. To reinforce the transition from trade-driven product supplier to aspirational consumer lifestyle brand, Heidi Klum has been announced as brand ambassador and, as such, will feature in the new worldwide advertising/POS/marketing campaign. A Franke spokes...

Mereway appoints new addition to Kitchens management team

Graham Jones has been appointed to the newly created role of Sales & Marketing Director for Mereway Kitchens, completing a new team of Directors for the business following a company-wide restructure undertaken by the furniture manufacturer. Graham, previously Trade Sales & Marketing Director with Hammonds Furniture, joins Joanne Foster...

Polypipe ventilation expands MVHR solution

..., Polypipe Ventilation has expanded its HR range with the addition of high capacity models designed for larger properties. The new Energy Saving Trust Best Practice compliant and SAP Q rated HR02 and HR03 units accommodate up to seven wet rooms and a kitchen and work at up to 640 Pascals of pressure, allowing for very long duct runs. This inc...

The fantastic five! Quality comes as standard with Leisure

...me that won't bend or flex under pressure. Simon Johnson, Head of Trade Sales, says: "When value for money and quality are the watchwords of everyone in the industry these days, it is fantastic to get this accolade for our sinks. A sensible price doesn't mean we've had to cut corners in manufacture. At Leisure Sinks we work extremely hard to del...

EQ Software year on year growth continues

...ereway Group; EQ Software has grown from strength to strength. The latest year's unaudited figures for the year ending 31st March 2011 indicate that the company has increased its sales (over the previous year) by 38% and operating profits by more than 100%. Leigh Martin, Managing Director comments: "Since the buy-out we have delivered year on y...

Atag appliances now available in Humphersons concession at Heals

Atag, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in appliances, now has an assortment of its products on display in the Humphersons concession at the prestigious London department store Heals. The Tottenham Court Road store features a selection of Atag's premium appliances including the IG9271MBB induction hob with wok bur...

Kitchenaid's new side-by-side oozes class and sophistication

...tional refrigerator. It has independent electronic temperature control of the fridge and freezer for maximum flexibility and to maximise preservation of food, while multi-flow air technology distributes cold air evenly throughout the cavity. The model's No Frost technology maintains perfect humidity for perfect food and eliminates the need fo...

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Proskills Awards 2011 now open for entries. www.proskills.co.uk   Ultra stylish enki sleek glass splashbacks and coordinating upstands are now available from all 16 branches of Tile Depot . www.thetiledepot.co.uk www.bathrooms.com is launching a new range of innovative and modern bathroom products in collaboration with Itali...

Quintessentially Abode

... quality German valves, extra long tail pipes to aid fitting and future maintenance plus accounting for a variety of worktop thicknesses. Tail pipes are factory fitted and then all taps are quality tested before being despatched in distinctive Abode packaging. Darren Holliday, Managing Director of Abode comments: "Our designers have worked hard ...

Sensio Lighting's ambient experience

...ike halogen but with the benefits of LED. Being magnetic it can be attached to any magnetic surface for fuss-free installation. Slideline is a neat idea. Designed to provide new levels of customisation of lighting, it enables the user to snap lamp heads onto and off the track with the option of adding additional lamp heads as required. Once...

Hawa concept - show it!

...ions stand. A demo always pulls a crowd and this was no exception. The Hawa Concepta is designed for multi-functional room solutions where pivoting wood or glass doors slide away to save space. As it can handle virtually any dimensions and weights up to 50 kg (110 lbs), it allows creativity to flow with various installation options including ...

A Foundation for success

...was another constantly busy software exhibitor. With innovation and functionality as key drivers for the company's success, EQ offers three levels of software, Foundation, Essential, and Professional. Foundation is the latest product release and has been offered as a more affordable version to its cost-conscious customers who may have felt th...

Bohle's 'ultimate glass door soft closer'

...llach. Portavant, with its Softstop technology, is said to be the 'ultimate' modern glass fixing for doors, which slows as it closes gently and quietly, preventing accidents and the possibility of breakage, and ensuring that the door closes fully. In addition to Portavant, Bohle carries a wide range of tools and fittings for glass. T: 0800 616151 E: info@bohle.ltd.uk ...

Samsung gets steaming!

...shes can be cooked at the same time - even at two wildly different temperatures. Ideal for entertaining, the oven allows you to bake dinner and dessert at the same time using suitable temperatures for each. With no transfer of smell or taste, a meringue can be cooked in one part of the oven with a trout in the other at the same time an...

Roca in The Room

... and save water that we saw in Birmingham. There weren't the crowds buzzing around this unit like before, but give us another '76 Summer (as predicted) and we can expect to see more water conservation products from other manufacturers. T: 01530 830 080 W: www.roca.com ...

B_Free and save power with Euroline

...g requirement. The selection is seamlessly integrated to make a continuous cooking surface, perfect for the ultimate freedom of choice. Barazza will consider the incorporation of a selection of sinks dependent on design. T: 01787 224921 www.falmec.co.uk | www.barazza.co.uk ...

20-20 Technologies launches Fusion Version 18

...ty, the ability to define tile grout colour and thickness and much more. As well as a launch platform for the new version, "The event has the added benefit of allowing the team to receive direct feedback from the people who will be using the software on a daily basis," says Craig Rothwell, managing director of 20-20 Technologies. 01233 635...

KBB Review industry awards

...tre, London on Monday 16th May 2011. They were hosted by the stand-up comedian Alun Cochrane, famed for his appearances on Michael McIntyre's comedy roadshow, Eight Out of Ten Cats and Mock the Week. The awards were attended by prominent figures from the kitchen and bathroom industry, as well as the finalists from each category. "It was a spe...

Electrolux raises the bar in sustainability reporting

Electrolux products with the best environmental performance accounted for 22% of total sold units and 35% of Electrolux gross profit in 2010. Sales of Green Range products, which have the best energy and water efficiency, have been progressing steadily since their roll-out in 2008. These are some of the findings in Electrolux 2010 sustainability ...

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...s working so hard to design products that will help look after our planet. And of course we mustn't forget that these innovations will also save us money in the long run, in terms of lower energy and water bills and less need to buy compost for our gardens - as we'll be making our own. Long may this clever thinking continue! Yours, &...

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Proskills Awards 2011 now open for entries. www.proskills.co.uk   Ultra stylish enki sleek glass splashbacks and coordinating upstands are now available from all 16 branches of Tile Depot . www.thetiledepot.co.uk www.bathrooms.com is launching a new range of innovative and modern bathroom products in collaboration with Itali...

FIRA spurs Biomass Subsidies debate

...discuss how government subsidies encouraging power companies to burn wood are distorting the market for new timber, and forcing up prices for the manufacturing of furniture products. Subsidies paid to energy companies to burn wood in order to create biomass energy is artificially lifting prices by as much as 50% for furniture manufacturers, and ...

Classic styling for a modern era

Offering classic styling with a contemporary twist, Hartford Ivory from Four Seasons by Moores has a truly timeless appeal making it the ideal kitchen choice for any style of home. Beautiful to look at and practical to live in, Hartford Ivory features Shaker styling which simply never goes out of fashion, combined with authentic touches which ...

Firm fined after employee trapped under stone slabs

...c. at Work Act 1974. The firm was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,079. Information on risk assessments can be found at: www.hse.gov.uk ...

Building trades workers invited to get asbestos aware

...lder workers alike vital knowledge and awareness of what asbestos is, what it looks like in various forms and how to deal with it if it is discovered while working on a job. Known throughout the sector as the 'hidden killer', asbestos causes around 4,000 deaths each year. The HSE will prosecute firms and individuals in the building trades for faili...

Bespoke storage solution - semi-circular island base unit has integrated recycle bin and knife rack

Figura - renowned designer of kitchens and other fitted/unfitted furniture for the home, has created a clever storage solution in this English oak and hand painted kitchen. Giles Slater, Managing Director, has designed a clever semi-circular island end base unit with large full round end grain maple chopping block. The cupboard features a clev...

Amica introduces OptiGas

... freestanding cookers with gas hobs are now equipped with the OptiGas system, with burners designed for direct and precise contact between the crown of the flames and the bottom of a pan, heating the pan and not the room - burning and wasting less gas while cooking is unaffected. "We're thrilled that Amica has once again demonstrated its lead in...

Tiles and tiling documents made available for architects

...ed screeds * The cleaning and maintenance of floor and wall tiles * Design and construction process for swimming pools * Tiling to heated floors * Large format tiles in internal tiling * Movement joints in internal tiling * Slip Resistance of Hard Flooring * Tiling to timber sheets and board * Tiling in wet rooms You can complete the Registratio...

Wise waste

...es of food waste collected by local authorities in the UK every year, exploring alternative options for disposal is vital. This is especially true in inner city and urban environments where some of the 'traditional' solutions pose problems for both residents and local authorities, particularly where flatted, multi-tenanted or terraces properties ar...

Utopia strengthens sales team

...he appointment of two new area sales managers. Alan Hudson, previously Business Development Manager for Waxman Ceramics, joins as Contracts Sales Manager for North East England and Steve Gascoine, who was also with Waxman Ceramics and latterly Stonecrest Marble, becomes Contracts Sales Manager for the South of England. To further improve Utopia'...

InHouse appoints Craig Condie as Sales Manager

InHouse, the sole UK agent for Schuller, Aster Cucine and Pelipal, has welcomed Craig Condie as Sales Manager. Following record sales figures for Schuller and the recent addition of German bathroom manufacturer Pelipal, 2011 is another year of growth for InHouse. Craig is the first new appointment this year, with another leading role now advert...

It wasn't deliberate by any means but this KBZine is something of an environmental sustainability issue, in as much as it features several new products and even kitchen fittings that will play their part in reducing man's environmental impact on our plane

...s working so hard to design products that will help look after our planet. And of course we mustn't forget that these innovations will also save us money in the long run, in terms of lower energy and water bills and less need to buy compost for our gardens - as we'll be making our own. Long may this clever thinking continue! ...

Whirlpool's new Max 35 microwave awarded Which? Best Buy

... of a button." Which? liked the large, clear labelling on the control panel, the door opens wide for ease of access and it is fast, has great cooking performance, excellent defrost and is easy to clean. Whirlpool also gained the highest score for reliability of 99%. T: 0208 649 5000 W: www.whirlpool.co.uk ...

Kaldewei announces new UK distribution agreement

... UK's largest independent kitchen and bathroom distributors, will become the latest partner to join forces with Kaldewei as part of its nationwide distribution strategy.[TRIMTO] Kaldewei already works with four leading distributor - including Robert Lee, who are each able to uphold the exacting standards expected of a prestigious brand and deliv...

PJH duo take the ride of their lives in India for charity

Two PJH Group board directors swapped their business suits for biking leathers in an endurance motorcycle charity challenge organised by Enduro India, to raise money for four important charities. Covering a gruelling 2,000 kilometres over 10 days in Southern India, riding from dawn till dusk on 350cc Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycles, Andrew Ya...

Maytag combines top quality and technology in powerful new washer

...ly considered slogan of which Maytag is proud. It reflects the consistently excellent design and performance of the company's products, which combine time-honoured craftsmanship with the finest technology. Continuing in this long tradition is the new MWA 09149 WH freestanding washing machine benefits from Maytag's IntelliSense technology. Intell...

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...ast week John and I were stationed in the beautiful Italian city of Verona, attending an exhibition for another industry and producing a daily bulletin on behalf of the organisers. Whether it was a case of too much pasta, too many late nights or the software crash we experienced we're not sure, but some of the leader was lost in the transfer bet...

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Proskills Awards 2011 now open for entries. www.proskills.co.uk   Ultra stylish enki sleek glass splashbacks and coordinating upstands are now available from all 16 branches of Tile Depot . www.thetiledepot.co.uk www.bathrooms.com is launching a new range of innovative and modern bathroom products in collaboration with Itali...

Top 10 trends from the 2011 NKBA Design Competition

...t design trends following the 2011 NKBA Design Competition. Representing what's currently fresh and forward-thinking in kitchen and bath design, distinct visual elements and colour, unique design details, personalised products and materials, and an architecturally artistic approach to proportion, are among the strong themes seen in the nearly 500 e...

CornerTape silicone renewal kit now shipping

... number of the award-winning sealant-taming brand's products bundled together into one neat package for bathrooms and kitchens. A complete toolbox for the easy removal and replacement of old silicone with a perfect finish, the CornerTape SiliconeKit includes the patented Silicone Remover Tool as well as its big brother, the Silicone & Grout ...

FIRA expands its worldwide testing capabilities

...rican standards. FIRA's latest investment is equipment which allows testing of the safety and performance of office and lounge seating to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Business and Institutional Furniture Manufactures Association (BIFMA) standards. The US standards are intended to provide manufacturers, specifiers and user...

May data signalled strengthening of activity growth in UK construction sector

...ws a mixed picture, with levels of civil engineering activity down markedly, but a return to growth for housing. Commercial output growth was broadly consistent month-on-month, with the average for the quarter so far outpacing that of Q1. "Positive sentiment regarding future business activity rose to a one-year high, although concerns over publi...

Build-a-bed online with The Sleep Room

...en the time to photograph all possible bed combinations - over 35 in total. Not only are you spoilt for choice, but the site will give you a sneaky online peek to show exactly how your finished bed will look. Not a computer generated image in sight! Simply log on to thesleeproom.com and choose one of five different bases, all with clever storage...

Whirlpool's new wine cellar adds something special to the kitchen

... Marketing Manager, Built-In, comments: "The Whirlpool ARC 229 wine cellar is specifically tailored for the UK's growing band of wine connoisseurs who appreciate their wines and recognise the importance of proper preservation. It features five quality oak shelves for the effective storage of up to 46 bottles of white, red and rose wine." Key fea...

National kitchen award presented by KBSA

The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association presented the designer award for kitchens (up to £25K) to Alfred Briggs (Alwood), Northern Ireland at this year's KBB Review Industry Awards. The awards took place alongside KBB London at the Platinum Suite at the ExCel centre, London last month. It was hosted by the stand-up comedian ...

TFO Conciliation Officer becomes Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Associate

Natalie Williams, Conciliation Officer for The Furniture Ombudsman (TFO) has joined her colleagues in becoming professionally qualified as an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). Natalie's success demonstrates TFO's commitment to providing the highest standards of knowledge and practice in dispute resolution with...

Maytag's new Intellisense dishwasher uses just six litres of water

...igned and engineered range of dishwashers, which offer market-leading benefits and best in class performance. Typifying the range is the MDW 606 AWG, which has reduced water consumption to unprecedented six-litres and reduced the need to pre-treat dishes prior to dishwashing. With 13-place settings, the model owes its exceptional performance to ...

Form and function underpin new Ergo stainless steel sink from Carron Phoenix

...l new products being unveiled by Carron Phoenix this week, as part of its bumper new product launch for 2011. The contemporary styled Ergo 200 is positioned at the top end of Carron's sink offer, bringing together form and function in an elegantly designed inset sink model that will suit a range of worksurface materials. Ergo's point of desig...

Methven unveils Kaha Satinjet

...-jet technology and a distinctive New Zealand design. The new Kaha Satinjet showers exhibit classic forms updated with modern design accents. Refined styling and subtle features make Kaha a versatile choice for the discerning. Suitable for all water pressures, the 9 litres/minute Methven Kaha Satinjet showers feature a two-function showerhead, w...

An epic finish

...wess, the new sink boasts a smooth glass top and drainer in either black or new white. Perfectly formed to enhance any contemporary kitchen that may comprise modern streamlined appliances and furniture, the sink is available in either single bowl or one-and-a-half bowl options. Both Epos EOV models come with a low-profile semi-integrated pop-u...

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... being and the energy rating of an appliance can now vary its annual running costs considerably. For example, the new top rated refrigeration products (A +++) offer savings of up to 60% when compared to an A rated appliance and when you convert these savings to money over, say, a 10-year period or however long you're likely to keep the appliance...

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...er spaces. E: info@aqata.co.uk Congratulations to Zanussi 's ZFC623WAL and AEG 's A92860GNX0 for making it onto Ideal Home's 'Top Ten Freezers' list ...

New look for Utopia

...vailable in the particular collection with introductory pages explaining and summarising each range for ease of reference. "Our new look brochures present our extended product range in a clear and concise way so that all the relevant information is readily understood," explains Helen Clark, Utopia's Marketing Director. "As usual, the three br...

Leisure Sinks for 200 new kitchens near London's best local park

...s carrying out an ongoing multi-million pound property maintenance programme and these new kitchens form part of Guinness South's Decent Homes refurbishment of the estate. Lexin LN95 sinks were specified by Guinness South for this development and others across London. The contractor for the refurbishment is Breyer Group and the project manager and ...

Industry associations back InstallerLive

...g, heating, electrical and renewable installers. The APHC is the leading employers' organisation for plumbing and heating companies in England and Wales. The HHIC is a leading industry membership organisation committed to effectively driving, supporting and promoting the sustained growth of the UK domestic heating & hot water industry. NAPIT...

AKW launches stylish chrome shower

...h modern interiors and understands well the importance of inclusive design. Developed especially for the mobility and care market, the shower is easy to use and can be a great addition to any modern bathroom. Arka holds TMV3 approval and features dual independently operated flow and temperature controls for safer use and an extended hose length ...

KitchenAid's Chef Touch Sous Vide cooking system wins Red Dot award

KitchenAid has received the coveted Red Dot Design award for its Chef Touch Sous Vide cooking system... For the first time budding chefs at home will now be able to cook using the professional Sous Vide method. KitchenAid's Chef Touch earned the Red Dot Design Award for introducing a revolutionary product that brings Sous Vide cooking to the ...

Imperial's 'Simply Black' bathrooms, for design extravagance

Imperial Bathrooms, a leading British manufacturer of bathroom products for the discerning, once again demonstrates its pioneering design capabilities with the launch of The Simply Black Collection - a range of hand-crafted ceramic sanitaryware in a stunning deep black glaze. Providing a bold and luxurious style statement for bathrooms both la...

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...acquisition by a group with a previous interest in the company, the future is not looking so bright for Kitchens Direct, Moben and Dolphin and many customers have been told that they will lose the money they have already spent on goods purchased but not delivered. Now consumers are concerned about their fridge freezers. When it's one brand that ...

Appliance recycling firm fined after worker injured

...rgest electrical equipment recycle firms. Environcom England recycles waste electrical equipment for some of the biggest electrical retailers in the country, but Grantham Magistrates' Court heard how a Polish agency worker suffered bruising to his back and chest after an unsafe stack of appliances fell on him. When the Health & Safety Exe...

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...of MHS Radiators ' latest catalogue. E: sales@mhsradiators.com Congratulations to Terrapin for securing a contract to supply almost 400 bathroom pods for a smart housing development in East London, close to the Olympic Park. E: info@terrapin-ltd.co.uk Dolphin Bathrooms says its distribution agreement with Mark Two has dramatically ...

Atag's new gas hobs have digital timers

Atag, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, presents the latest additions to its superior product portfolio; two gas-on-glass hobs with digital timers... The digital timers featured on the HG9611MDB gas on glass hob, and the HG1111MDB panoramic gas...

Consumer Law course from The Furniture Ombudsman

...ployees are becoming increasingly aware of their employment rights, and the number of cases filed before Employment Tribunals has escalated. Noticing this change in behaviour, The Furniture Ombudsman, which specialises in providing law advice and guidance to the furniture industry, has introduced an Employment Law course to their training schedule....

New freestanding dishwashers from Amica

...inute cycle, which uses only eight litres of water and 0.4Kwh of electricity, to an Intensive cycle for the heaviest soiled loads - with Rinse, Eco and Normal programmes in between. AAA rated for energy, cleaning and drying performance, the ZWM626W is great for dinner parties as well as family meals with a capacity of 12 place settings on two sp...

FIRA-CMA expands testing capacity

...ed demand, FIRA's Hong Kong testing facility - FIRA-CMA Testing Services, has expanded its capacity for furniture testing. Five additional testing machines manufactured by FIRA in the UK, have been delivered, installed and commissioned by FIRA's Paul Greenbank. FIRA's testing facility in Hong Kong, offered in partnership with CMA Testing, is ...

Gorgeous Galaxy for faraway odours!!

...ines modern design with innovative technology to produce a discreet hood that will look good and perform well in any sophisticated kitchen. The new ceiling hood has a sleek symmetrical design with four integral halogen lights; a perfect combination of modern technology and style. Galaxy Hoods are unobtrusive and efficiently provide all the ex...

Hotpoint rated as 'most trusted', in poll

...oint is celebrating this week, after coming top in a poll which rated the UK's most trusted brands, for the 11th consecutive year. In a Reader's Digest survey of 1,000 people across the UK, almost one in four consumers chose Hotpoint as their most trusted large kitchen appliance brand. The accolade is fitting tribute for a brand which celebra...

EU closes in on contract law for consumers and SMEs

...s alike. Introducing an EU contract law and a possible civil code is an ambitious long-term goal for supporters of closer European integration, as it is expected to make the EU's single market genuinely borderless, reports EurActiv. On 8th June MEPs adopted a report on introducing an 'optional instrument' in European contract law - drawn up b...

Keep the bathroom well stored with Ribble

...h ensuring it will blend in and enhance any bathroom design, while its mirrored door makes it ideal for situating above the washbasin. Inside there is an adjustable shelf and ample space for storing smaller toiletry items and medicines. There is a single or double door option available, depending on how much wall space there is, plus a double do...

National Skills Academy partners with InstallerLive in Eco Challenge

InstallerLive is thrilled to announce that the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies is now the official event partner for the show. The Skills Academy will be involved in a number of major activities at InstallerLive (16th - 19th October 2011) including the new interactive 'Eco Challenge' feature. The Eco Challenge gives visit...

Next generation of home-grown talent nurtured with student design competition

Tile manufacturer and distributor, the CP Group, has been searching for the next generation of home-grown talent recently, undertaking a student design project in collaboration with the University of Huddersfield. In a bid to discover new talent and further relationships with the University, a six week design project was launched for 29 first ...

EQ Software joins KBSA as corporate member

...tware, one of the first dedicated business management software solutions of its kind to be designed for the kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom industry, is the latest industry supplier to become a corporate member.[TRIMTO] EQ Software began in 2000 and immediately became a market leader in providing business management software. Continued robust gro...

Tile decorating a real hit at Play Day

...om 30th May to 5th June, the Arts, Cooking & Play Day was the first of three days of family fun for local children during Half Term. With 17 stores across London and the South East including branches in Uxbridge, Wembley, Greenford, Slough and Hanwell, Tile Depot was ideally located to supply the pallet of tiles to Hillingdon Play Associatio...

Terence Ball kitchens launches six new ranges

... picture, wide style character oak frontals are introduced to give the charming rustic look at an affordable price. The new eye catching designs expand the TBK portfolio to over 150 ranges. T: 01984-624640 E: sales@terenceballkitchens.co.uk W: www.terenceballkitchens.co.uk ...

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...s at 10.00 and closes at 17.00 tomorrow and 16.30 on Sunday. Tickets cost £5.00 if you book before the box office closes at 15.00 today, or are £8.00 on the door. Hopefully I'll see you there so do come and say 'hello' if you spot me. www.surrey.homebuildingshow.co.uk/en/Show-tickets.aspx Finally, I was chased by a PR early this...

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...ill feature The Director's Cut - British-based designers and manufacturers showing a chosen product for the first time. www.100percentdesign.co.uk Lec has launched two new combi, auto-defrost fridge freezers - a 237 litre A+ model and an 184 litre A rated model. T: 0844 248 4149  Registration is now open for Decorex International ...

Appliance recycling firm fined after worker injured

... firms, which has been fined as a result. Environcom England recycles waste electrical equipment for some of the biggest electrical retailers in the country, but Grantham Magistrates' Court heard how a Polish agency worker suffered bruising to his back and chest after an unsafe stack of appliances fell on him. When the Health and Safety Execu...

Gorenje offers Retro prize for Summer fair

... first prize in a raffle at the fair, which was held in Piccadilly, Lancaster. The money raised was for Piccadilly Support Services, a community based organisation that offers support for people with learning difficulties and helps them to develop life skills through activities mainly based around horticulture. Ruth Ferguson, Gorenje's Marketing...

British cooker brand to make member of public its Social Media Custodian

...ebook channels. The New World Appliances campaign is being run to coincide with a fresh new look for the brand which will be unveiled later this year, presenting a more bold, stylish, young and fashionable image. The concept of the 'Face of New World' campaign is not just to find a visual representation of the brand, but to find a member of t...

Sale of Trade Warehouses facilitates expansion into retail sector

...enable the company to expand into the retail sector. Jeremy Turner, Head of Business Development for TileClick explains: "TileClick has been one of the UK's leading online tile retailers since 2004, welcoming steady and structured growth in turnover and products available. "We are very excited about making the move into the bricks and mortar ...

Methven gives Deva brand a makeover and launches 50 new products

...nd fresh, vibrant corporate colours, the new-look branding is already a hit with Deva customers. For 2011 there are more new products than previous years and many designs are unique to Deva, with the emphasis on high quality, 'own stable' showers and taps. The wide ranging shower solutions span traditional, contemporary and ultra modern desig...

KitchenAid launches new built-in coffee machine

...s five different options (espresso, small, medium, large and mug) and three different settings each for water temperature, quantity and coffee volume. There are seven grinding or milling levels, as well as a versatile automatic cappuccino function for producing the perfect froth for your cappuccino, cafe latte or latte macchiato. The KSCX 362...

Improve - don't move!

...that won't break the bank. And because variety is the spice of life, MHS Radiators has something for everyone whatever their budget. Eye catching models in the range include the asymmetrical Fingers with elegant polished tubes which are perfect for larger family bathrooms, the cost-effective high output aluminium Krom, and the inspirational Hot ...

Imperial unveils new design guide for the discerning

... provides an inspirational insight into its comprehensive range of luxurious bathroom products for the discerning. Complete with a sumptuous black linen cover edged with silver, the 266-page Summer 2011 Guide features many of the company's popular products, together with the introduction of new and exciting additions. These include new...

Franke goes large!

The spacious new Kubus KBX 160 55-20 sink from Franke is designed for any task the kitchen demands - due to the huge 550mm x 400mm main bowl and 200 x 400mm half bowl. A welcome addition to the already extensive Kubus KBX undermount range, the sink is seamlessly presented and big on style and capacity. There's plenty of room to do the dishes ...

Ellis Furniture supports Cancer Research UK

...ecific research objective is to analyse melanoma tumours and develop a new technique to extract DNA for genetic testing. In recognition of what the cancer charity is calling 'an exceptional achievement', members of the Ellis family, including current directors Tom Ellis and Richard Ellis, will attend a Cancer Research UK event later this year wh...

Property & Construction Sector to be hit with £50m increase in finance cost

...finance costs, equivalent to 1.5% of total profits, due to the revised IAS19 which will take effect for accounting periods beginning on or after 1st January 2013, according to a survey of property and construction companies in the FTSE350, conducted by Barnett Waddingham, the independent firm of actuaries and consultants. The new standard, publi...

Free gifts for tilers who Go Greener

...L's 'Go Greener' range of Environmentally Responsible Adhesives will protect at least 50sq.m of rainforest and earn an exclusive T-shirt or limited edition van sticker. BAL's donation to Cool Earth protects 1sq.m of rainforest for every 1sq.m tiled with any Go Greener tile adhesive.[TRIMTO] To earn a free gift, tilers collecs a promotional 'Gree...

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...ill feature The Director's Cut - British-based designers and manufacturers showing a chosen product for the first time. www.100percentdesign.co.uk Lec has launched two new combi, auto-defrost fridge freezers - a 237 litre A+ model and an 184 litre A rated model. T: 0844 248 4149  Registration is now open for Decorex International ...

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...acquisition by a group with a previous interest in the company, the future is not looking so bright for Kitchens Direct, Moben and Dolphin and many customers have been told that they will lose the money they have already spent on goods purchased but not delivered. Now consumers are concerned about their fridge freezers. When it's one brand that ...

Wentworth Kitchens Banbury - a breath of fresh air

Wentworth Kitchens in Banbury opened its doors this month - a breath of fresh air for the area as the showroom has been taken on by new owner Clive Sephton and now hosts brand new displays. Working closely in partnership with kitchen furniture manufacturer Mereway Kitchens, the two companies have created a stunning showroom to wow the locals, ...

Quintessentially Abode - a KBB winner!

The new classic Abode ranges launched at KBB London last month have proved yet another winner for the design company with all its targeted distributors agreeing to stock the ranges from October... Proof again that the Abode designers can create products that will sit neatly within any design genre, blending curvaceous shapes and designs to sit p...

'Don't forget to remember' you're our new ambassador, SBID tells Robin Gibb, CBE

...interests of the interior design profession. It has become the British standard-bearer destination for design practitioners and suppliers to the industry. As such, it is the largest professional membership organisation for the industry, and it is for this reason that this announcement is politically significant not only at home, but globally. R...

SBID announces International Design Awards as Official British Partner of Maison & Objet

...or Research - publisher of Mix publications. A specially commissioned award trophy has been created for the six design categories by Lasvit, the Czech Republic based designer and manufacturer of bespoke contemporary lighting and large glass art installations for some of the world's most beautiful hotels and other properties. The winners will be ann...

Polypipe launches Silavent low energy fans

...o be no higher than 0.5 Watts per litre per second (W/l/s); Polypipe's range of low Watt fans outperform this minimum standard. The new range incorporates units suitable for most domestic applications, including decentralised Mechanical Extract Ventilation (dMEV) versions. These include the Curzon 100mm and Mayfair plug-in specification fan, wh...

Moben, Kitchens Direct, Dolphin and Sharps owner to enter administration

Homeform, which owns the Moben, Kitchens Direct, Dolphin Bathrooms and the Sharps Bedrooms brands, has announced that it is to go into administration. Earlier this week the company said that it was close to securing a deal that would "safeguard the future" of Sharps and Kitchens Direct, but we understand that the Kitchens Direct deal has now fa...

CP Group expands its Specification Division with appointment of Allan Dixon

...nt Manager. He will lead a new and growing specification team at CP Group, and will be responsible for driving forward CP's presence in the specification sector on a national scale. On his appointment, Allan says: "I'm thoroughly looking forward to the challenges ahead with CP Group. The company is taking the specification sector seriously and ...

'Complete the look' - with the Kutchenhaus furniture range

... type of high quality furniture to further enhance its vast kitchen portfolio. Sparked by the trend for open-plan living, Kutchenhaus will now manufacture items like work spaces, media centres, dining room tables, drinks bars and dressers to accompany all its kitchen ranges, to ensure that the company can 'complete the look' for its customers. O...

An eco first for Glen Dimplex Home Appliances

...of the most energy efficient on the market, with reduced carbon emissions and reduced running costs for consumers. Although some manufacturers have managed to achieve Energy Saving Trust Recommended certification in one category, GDHA says it is the first to have achieved this across all three. The company has worked hard to improve the green cr...

Magnet Trade adds new dimension to its Strata kitchen range

...m hues and deep, dark browns. Strata is Magnet Trade's popular collection of simple, functional, affordable kitchens. The stylish yet practical designs and exceptional value means the Strata kitchens are perfect for landlords, developers and contract work. The range's functional slab design means it is perfect for converting and refurbishing ren...

HiB brings cabinets alive with LED

...ustin (single door) and Colorado (double door) are designed to go against a flat wall, Minnesota is for hanging in a corner. With all three cabinets the lights stay on when the door is open and the high gloss white interior contains adjustable glass shelves. The doors are fitted with soft close hinges and, being LED, operation of the cabinets is...

Volatile market heightens need to address consumer confidence

... Habitat have gone into administration is a stark reminder of the need to promote the confidence afforded by KBSA membership, says KBSA CEO Graham Ball. "It is always unfortunate to hear of company failures that leave consumers out of pocket and facing turmoil as they try and recover what they have paid for," he says. "Sadly the slowdown in the...

A world first in Cloud technology for the KBB sector

Smart Systems has been developing business solutions for the KBB Industry since 2001 and by end of the KBB 2011 Exhibition had notched up just shy of its 2,000th KBB  retailer either using the Smart System or the revolutionary KBBConnect. Add to that the fact that the majority of KBB manufacturers and distributors' price lists are support...

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...ill feature The Director's Cut - British-based designers and manufacturers showing a chosen product for the first time. www.100percentdesign.co.uk Lec has launched two new combi, auto-defrost fridge freezers - a 237 litre A+ model and an 184 litre A rated model. T: 0844 248 4149  Registration is now open for Decorex International ...

Sales training and new product demos at new KBSA regional meetings

...nal meetings. The two regional meetings, which were held in response to retail members' requests for more networking opportunities, took place at Symphony headquarters in Barnsley during May and Whirlpool's visitor centre at Croydon in June. New KBSA corporate member Symphony provided a tour of its new 'Inspire' Marketing Suite, enabling the ...

Mereway Bathrooms taste success at MSM Exhibition

...port (Isle of Wight) and Eastbourne. MSM made the decision to pull its top suppliers together to form the event with the purpose of generating further business and raising brand awareness in the local areas. Through personal invitation, a selection of local tradesmen from targeted market sectors were approached; the exhibition was the third of ...

K Kitchens launches 'The Painted Collection'

...15 colour options in two door styles. The versatile collection aims to satisfy the growing trend for painted kitchen doors that offer maximum flexibility and personalisation to suit all tastes and lifestyles. Two fascia door styles, each available in a variety of colour options, combined with a smart choice of accessories and storage solutions p...

AEG PowerMix makes guest appearance on James Martin's Saturday Kitchen

...inspired pork belly dish. Series producer James Winter says the blender was "very quiet and perfect for blitzing the blueberries". The new table top blender from AEG is so quiet; you can talk while using it and still be heard! Today's blenders produce an average of 85-95 dB. That's the same category as Lawn mowers, plate shops and motorcycles! ...

Amazing grates!

Unislope, the new all-in-one-pack solution for installing a wet room floor and linear drain, now offers a comprehensive range of superior grade solid stainless steel grates and custom panels that complement both the function and the form of a designer wet room. "Wet room retailers seeking a product range with both kerb appeal and worthwhile re...

Innovative device adds value to bathroom accessories sales

...ce of just £13.99, the device offers consumers a low-cost means of reclaiming the shower and, for retailers, a valuable 'add-on' sales opportunity. "Even relatively small household retailers typically stock several lines of shower curtain, which remain a favourite with consumers because of their affordability and practicality," says Guy Rack...

New Timeless bathroom collection from Imperial

...oop 710mm basin, complete with one or three tap holes, that boasts a generous and gentle curved platform and comes complete with a complementary pedestal. A close-coupled pan/cistern with chrome or antique gold push button flush, together with a bidet with one tap hole, along with a wall hung pan/cistern and wall hung bidet, complete this simple ye...

SBID announces International Design Awards as Official British Partner of Maison & Objet

...Research - publisher of Mix publications. A specially commissioned award trophy has been created for the six design categories by Lasvit, the Czech Republic based designer and manufacturer of bespoke contemporary lighting and large glass art installations for some of the world's most beautiful hotels and other properties. The winners will be ...

New classically elegant basin stands from Imperial Bathrooms

Imperial Bathrooms - the leading British manufacturer of bathroom products for the discerning client - continues to distinguish itself in the bathroom market with the launch of a new and extensive basin stand collection that recreates the classical elegance of the British bathroom. Designed to provide a classical and timeless alternative to th...

KitchenAid's new combi steamer offers real versatility

...barely show and only a damp cloth is required to keep clean * Combines steam and convection cooking for succulent dishes with professional results * Pure Steam function cooks light and healthy meals using steam only * 34-litre stainless steel cavity for cooking and regenerating food * Ten Sous Vide cooking functions including meat, fish, shellfish,...

Minister confirms furniture industry support for fire safety regulations

The British Furniture Confederation recently met with Ed Davey MP, Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer & Postal Affairs at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The meeting, organised by Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland, was held to discuss the UK's Furniture and Furnishings Fire Safety Regulations, which are cur...

Whirlpool's ambient collection hits the sweet spot for retailers

...and finished in either black, white or stainless steel. All the components are beautifully aligned for maximum enjoyment and ease of use for the consumer. The advanced, fluid design of the Ambient appliances reflects the current desire for sophistication without clutter and can be seen in the sleek handles, easy-to-read display panels and understa...

The drought is back - but no need to build canals

... move water from Wales and Scotland by canal and this has resulted in an immediate call, from some, for the Welsh Government to be given greater power over Wales' natural resources. It's all very well proposing vast and expensive infrastructure projects which are politically charged and take decades to complete. But what we need is action, ...

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... of British roads and speed limits but I do know that those of us who've lived and driven in the UK for many years despair at how much more difficult it is to get from A to B than it used to be, what with heavy traffic throughout much of the day and extensive roadworks leading to the inevitable, soul destroying traffic jams. But what's the answe...

Annual Bathroom Conference - an update

...tunningly beautiful, packed with style and ultra-modern. That's how the BMA has described the venue for this year's Annual Bathroom Conference. All the arrangements are now in place for what is set to be the top bathroom business event of the year on 9th November 2011. The stunning all-new conference centre at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire is secured ...

Wolseley announces disposal of Electric Center

...he complementary nature of Edmundson and Electric Center, the transaction represents a good outcome for the business and its employees. We wish them every success for the future." Wolseley is the world's largest specialist trade distributor of plumbing and heating products to professional contractors and a leading supplier of building materials ...

Bohle presents KBB London Prize Draw

... Darren Hales was just one of almost 200 people who entered the draw. Paul Miller, Sales Manager for Bohle, visited Darren in Billingshurst, West Sussex, to deliver his prize in person. "My visit to Showerpower is proof that the KBB exhibition has already brought positive results for Bohle," says Paul. "We have always believed in the power of...

Bathroom Retailers Market Report now available

The new report on the UK Bathroom Retailers Market has now been published. Written specifically for bathroom product manufacturers, distributors and retailers and based on actual sales returns, this comprehensive 180+ page report reviews the UK Bathroom Retailers market size from 2005 to 2011, with forecasts to 2015 alongside analysis of produc...

Summer Style from British Ceramic Tile

Whether you're looking for something soothing & restful or something with a bit more pizzazz, the Summer product launch from British Ceramic Tile will have a range to suit many of your needs. The latest launch showcases new products designed to enhance and complement two of the existing ranges. The addition of the Brighton Neutrals tile...

Make a difference with your next tap sale!

...xfam's gifting initiative Oxfam Unwrapped, with a commitment to purchase the charity's 'Safe Water for 10 People' gifts, with donations generated from every tap sold. The gifts enable Oxfam to set up or maintain a safe water supply, whatever the circumstances and in whatever form it is needed for washing, drinking or cooking. Equipment can be i...

Uform crowned 'Best supplier to independent kitchen & retail manufacturing sector'

With tough competition from suppliers throughout Ireland, Uform is delighted to have just been crowned 'Best supplier to the independent kitchen and retail manufacturing sector' at the annual 'Kitchen Retailer Ireland Awards', held at the Four Seasons hotel in Dublin. Established in 1993 by the Donnelly family, Uform has grown to become one of...

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...orking dinner, with after dinner speaker, at the same venue, where there is plenty of accommodation for those who wish to stay overnight and perhaps continue the networking into the early hours. The 2011 KBBR Kitchen Conference is the following day, October 5th, at The Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire, which is around 30 minutes awa...

Magnet Trade adds new dimension to its Strata kitchen range

...ues and deep, dark browns. Strata is Magnet Trade's popular collection of simple, functional, affordable kitchens.  The stylish yet practical designs and exceptional value means the Strata kitchens are perfect for landlords, developers and contract work.  The range's functional slab design means it is perfect for converting and refurb...

AEG's new oven puts expertise of 100s of professional chefs at your disposal!

...to be cooked - calculating the right cooking temperature and time. The Culisense oven does the work for you; so you don't have to. With the new, intelligent function of AutoCook, cooking has never been easier. While keeping the sleek design, the Culisense oven remains stunningly simple to use with the help of NaviSight navigational controls. Thi...

New promotion at Apex Interior Systems

...tinuing to make operational and engineering changes but also adds the telesales department and salesforce to his remit.[TRIMTO] 38 year old Darren, a married man with children, has worked in engineering all of his working life and has gained a wealth of knowledge about manufacturing principles and process improvements. His last position was pro...

British manufacturing at its best!

...hree week programme which saw over 800 key retailers visit the company's Wolverhampton headquarters for the day - and the reactions of those who attended made the efforts that clearly went into the building of the showroom and the launch presentation itself, incredibly worthwhile. The day's packed schedule began with a detailed presentation by U...

Member of The Furniture Ombudsman Standards Board becomes Fellow of the Trading Standards Institute

... Member, Jim Potts, has been admitted as a Fellow of the Trading Standards Institute. Jim is the former Head of Trading Standards for Lancashire County Council and has worked with the Trading Standards Institute for over 40 years. He was admitted as a Fellow at its recent conference, in recognition of his services to the Trading Standards profes...

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The eight finalists for Electrolux Design Lab 2011 have been announced. See their designs at www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP8AHsgPNQQ&feature=player_embedded   R & D Marketing 's demista  heated mirror pads are providing steam-free preening in the recently opened luxury Crowne Plaza hotel in St Petersburg. T: 01...

A marriage of form and function: new extractor hoods from Blanco by Gutmann

... latest hood from the Blanco by Gutmann range, genuinely offers something new to homeowners looking for the ultimate in extraction technology. The Visual hood is an elegant chimney style design with filters designed as delicate cutwork panels. The hood uses an ingenious internal frame extraction system, which draws in smells and moisture from bo...

B&Q invests in FIRA Gold Installation Certification

FIRA hasd announce that B&Q has received FIRA Gold Installation Certification for its kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms installation services. The accreditation means that the installation processes used by B&Q have passed a rigorous series of tests to ensure that installation in customers' homes is carried out to the highest standards eac...

Construction repair specialist Plastic Surgeon wins National Recycling Awards

... an award at last week's 2011 National Recycling Awards, under the category of 'Waste Minimisation' for its 'repair not replace' sustainable strategy. The company's construction repairs can include anything from fixing scratches on shower doors and chipped kitchen worktops to restoring damaged sinks, baths, stone facades and uPVC windows. The te...

Ellis Furniture gears up for product launches

Ellis Furniture is gearing up for the launch of new bathroom and kitchen ranges this August. The launch forms part of the company's ongoing and significant investment programme, which has recently seen new state of the art machinery reduce bathroom lead times to just two weeks, a new consumer focused website, new point of sale material for every ...

New retail sales manager focuses on wall-hung

..., Geberit, a leading supplier of innovative sanitary systems, has further extended its retail sales force to a team of 13 with the appointment of Marnie Hopkinson to the position of Retail Area Sales Manager Yorkshire. Joining the company from Triton Showers where she worked for more than 10 years in a variety of sales roles, (readers may know h...

Mark Wilkinson OBE: Bringing together special charities

...lded a little more of his magic recently when he was at the heart of an initiative to raise funding for two environmentally-related charity initiatives. A committed environmentalist, Mark was asked to design two keepsake trophies for the 2011 winners of the Royal Park's Foundation Half Marathon that takes place in London in October. Mark ext...

'Dry Clean' in your own home!

...its many other state of the art features. Its steam feature can change the way we clean our clothes forever. AEG's ProTex washing machines can 'refresh' and 'de-crease' even dry-clean only garments, which means you can cut back on those costly and time consuming trips to the dry cleaners! With the days getting busier and more hectic by the hour...

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... go about them; the idea being that we would do what self-build work we could manage ourselves, but for what we couldn't do, we would be armed with the knowledge of what those tackling the larger jobs should be doing, when and how. Back then (it was the early '80s) there weren't the mortgage constraints people have to overcome these days. We cou...

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Access Hansgrohe 's new online planning tool for its Axor Bourellec bathroom collection at: www.pro.hansgrohe-int.com/axor-composer HiB 's beautiful new mono block basin mixer  tap designs - Mesi and Neath - come with pop-up wastes. T: 0208 441 0352 Rangemaster 's latest surface finish enhances the colour of steel,...

Abode goes Dutch

...designers, the product ranges and the marketing philosophy, that they feel Abode is a perfect match for the Dutch market. "Moving into northern Europe is a natural extension for our brand," explains Darren Holliday, Managing Director of Abode. "In selecting our partner for this venture, who we feel has the same synergies as our UK operation, we ...

A world of black and white

...oday's modern appliances and furniture. The Arena features a curved spout with a pull-out nozzle for real flexibility at the sink. The tap is 443mm high with a generous spout reach of 196mm and retails at £420 including VAT. The Portfolio 55 collection comprises taps which all come with an impressive five-year guarantee on both finish a...

Domestic Kitchen Furniture Market Report - UK 2011-2015 Analysis

... The kitchen furniture market comprises furniture, worktops and sinks, with furniture accounting for 76% of the market in value terms, whilst worktops account for 14% and sinks for 10%. Worktops have gradually gained market share in recent years in line with the trend towards higher value products in this sector. The kitchen furniture market...

Methven unveils Kaha tapware

...he styling options with Kaha tapware are vast. All have 15mm quarter turn ceramic disc headworks for rapid and smooth on/off flow and a slim stream shaper aerator (flow director). All designs are suitable for use with any water pressure, except for the wall-mounted single-lever models which require high pressure. Kaha tapware perfectly comple...

Kitchen specialist cooks up new brand identity ahead of major marketing push

...und;3million turnover business, with offices in Blackburn and Reading, has outlined ambitious plans for growth, including increasing revenues by at least 50% in the next three years. Lanzet currently employs more than 30 people across its two sites and, through a partnership with fitted kitchen and bedroom retailer Betta Living, it manufactures all...

Stoves and Belling launch Colour Boutique

...to personalise and add a splash of colour to their kitchen," reveals Rob Burton, Commercial Manager for range cookers at Glen Dimplex Home Appliances. "We have seen significant sales increases in range cooking across the Stoves and Belling brands in the last year and we believe Colour Boutique will help to take the brands to that next level - of...

Carron Phoenix 'taps' into top-end contemporary style with its new Tulipano

...iled its elegant Tulipano Grande tap, one of the eight new tap additions to the company's portfolio for 2011. The epitome of contemporary styling, Tulipano Grande is deliberately pitched to appeal to the discerning mid-top end consumer looking for a statement tap without compromising on functionality. Tulipano Grande is 100mm taller than the av...

LDL extends LED lighting range

...h the new Linea range of recessed, semi-recessed angled and surface mounted display profiles, ideal for use in kitchens, studies, wardrobes, dressing rooms and also shop interiors. Available to order in any size up to two metres, the new profiles are aluminium with a polycarbonate cover and are supplied with a two metre input cable, plug and end...

Timeless Tetbury

...rtones. The flowery grain of the solid timber fascias has been carefully exposed by wire brushing before painting giving an interesting 3D effect. To complete the Uber offering, there is an exciting range of handles from which to choose. The Charleston handle, pictured, has pewter ends with a grey crackle ceramic centre to add a touch of class t...

Soapbox: The rental industry - how do we move forward in difficult trading times?

... But is there another way we can look at the market - and perhaps look to the past to gain lessons for the future? Recent statistics (source: Your Property Network August 2010) indicate that tenant demand in the UK continues to grow. The Chartered Institute of Housing issued a report which states that more and more people are looking to rent ra...

F & P Wholesale turns up the heat as Prorad sales hit 2 million

...wing sales in what has become a very competitive marketplace over the years. Commercial Director for F & P Wholesale, John Gittens, explains: "When we first introduced the Prorad range our aim was to meet trade requirements by providing high quality radiators at the right price, with ease of the ability to fit and forget being a key consi...

Plumber sentenced after explosion at Willenhall bungalow

A Wolverhampton plumber has been given a 10-month suspended jail sentence for causing a gas explosion and fire in which a pensioner sustained 21% burns rescuing his nine-year-old granddaughter. Peter Naylor, of Wednesfield, removed the gas meter at the property in to reach a leaking water stopcock he was repairing in December last year. Wolv...

Breathtaking bathrooms from Neptune

Renowned for its beautifully crafted garden, kitchen and interiors furniture, Neptune, keeping its promise to become the 'whole house solution', has announced the launch of its new Chichester Bathroom Collection. Exceptional quality and fine details have been applied with the same ethos that Neptune gives to every piece it creates to ensure this l...

EQ backs BMA Water Efficiency Product Labelling Scheme

...nt software provider will incorporate water efficient products registered on WEPLS into the system, for specification and order by retailers. At the recent Bathroom Manufacturers association AGM, Neil Schofield, Marketing Manager at EQ, outlined the company's commitment to the green agenda in a presentation to members. "The demand for green p...

Utopia completes intensive training programme

...t launch in May, Utopia Bathroom Group has now completed an intensive three week training programme for retailers dedicated entirely to the recently launched new products. The June programme of events took place at the company's Bilston headquarters where a new 7,000 sq ft showroom has been installed to showcase the four new product ranges. I...

Grant Shapps joins forces with industry to take self build to the masses

There was what may be good news for the KBB industry last week, with Grant Shapps welcoming a new action plan for the self build industry that he says could be the turning point that takes it to the masses. Meeting with the National Self Build Association - the representatives of the self-build industry - Mr Shapps said that for too long obs...

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...them covering a different aspect of the industry and its players. Often there is a crossover, where for example, a manufacturer may be a member of the Institute as well as the suppliers' association and that for manufacturers, while a fellow Institute member such as a cleaning company might be a member of a more specialist association such as that ...

Slide Away...

...emoved without the use of tools thanks to the front fixing bracket being neatly concealed, allowing for adjustment from the front. With minimum deflection and a massive 50kg load carrying capacity, Moovit drawer systems are an innovative drawer application.[TRIMTO] Whether using Moovit for the Kitchen, Living Room, Office, Bathroom, Laboratory o...

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Access Hansgrohe 's new online planning tool for its Axor Bourellec bathroom collection at: www.pro.hansgrohe-int.com/axor-composer HiB 's beautiful new mono block basin mixer  tap designs - Mesi and Neath - come with pop-up wastes. T: 0208 441 0352 Rangemaster 's latest surface finish enhances the colour of steel,...

FIRA to exhibit at Timber Expo 2011

...iting at Timber Expo 2011, a dynamic new event designed to bring the timber industry under one roof for the first time. The event will be held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 27th and 28th of September, 2011. With its unparalleled furniture industry knowledge, FIRA works to raise performance throughout the furniture supply chain by offering re...

Charming Couture from Uber

...s can offer something really different. The Couture collection is stylish with handle-less doors for a minimalist streamlined look. It is also versatile with nine different colours. For example, the Anthracite colour balances bold and stylish, yet warm and homely.[TRIMTO] Each couture kitchen is specially made to order and is hand finished in...

Laundry and kitchen appliance owners increasingly seeking brands first, retailers second

...sed this week. The extent of this shift in shopping behaviour varies slightly by appliance type. For example, the largest increase is observed amongst owners of ranges, hobs and ovens. Approximately 44% of these owners in 2011 say they selected their appliance brand first, up six percentage points from 2010. The smallest increases occur in the c...

New Reno tap works the trend for texture and colour

... Deca Belfast and Ergo 200 in stainless steel.[TRIMTO] Reno Jet Black reflects the ongoing trend for texture and colour in the kitchen, linked to the rising popularity for granite coloured sinks with black being the strongest selling colour currently. The Reno Jet Black offers the flexibility for an integrated design look with a black granite...

Frontline Bathrooms issues extensive bathroom guide

...iting, with the introduction of several new products, our 3D bathroom planner and a successful move for Frontline into the South," says Frontline's Marketing Director, Michael Sammon. "Our catalogue has become an essential resource for bathroom planning in both the North and South of the country. It includes a wide portfolio, which focuses on compe...

Bushboard's upgraded Encore solid surface range offers moulded acrylic sinks and new designs

... white moulded acrylic sinks and four new Crystal designs, opening up even wider design flexibility for retailers to capitalise on the popularity of solid surfacing with consumers. The new products will be available from August 8th. There are two new moulded sink models in 100% pure white acrylic guaranteeing the highest levels of hygiene and pe...

Pronorm signs five new retailers in under two months

...unveiled last September. Retailers are realising that with the Pronorm brand they are getting a lot for their money and this is what can give them a competitive edge. There are some fantastic new products coming through too in September which will further strengthen our offering." There are now 85 dealers across the UK offering the range of Pron...

NKBA Launches a New Non-Design Certification

...ertise. This universal certification was created in response to repeated requests from NKBA members for a certification path that would support builder/remodellers, distributors, fabricators, manufacturers' representatives and all other qualified professionals in our industry. This certification was developed through the efforts of two Certifica...

KitchenAid introduces gas hobs with iXelium

...es have sensational visual appeal and a 'must have' quality. Equally important is that they must perform superbly and pass the test of time. KitchenAid specialises in combining visually striking products with quality construction and leading technology, which is why the introduction of its iXelium hobs is so special. Far from just looking gre...

Utopia introduces new Encurva Modular range

...st to the sharp, square styling of traditional modular furniture, Encurva focuses on elegant curves for a new, softer look. In a comprehensive range of sizes from a space-saving 450mm through to 1250mm, Encurva units have a dedicated, curved handle along the top edge. Door and drawer options are available and there is a choice of accompanying wa...

Tile Depot winds back tile prices for Newbury

...the retailer's distinctive yellow and green signage. Tile Depot is a totally new type of tile store for Newbury and Thatcham featuring inspirational room-like displays throughout and a massive choice of the latest wall and floor tiles to suit all tastes, from budget ranges to designer collections. The new store has created three jobs for local peop...

Demista make further inroads into Russia

Latest foray into Russia for R & D Marketing's demista heated mirror pads is in the recently opened luxury Crowne Plaza hotel in central St Petersburg where all the bathrooms have easily-fitted heated mirror pads invisibly fixed to the back of the mirror to ensure they remain steam free. Specified for the hotel by the Russian company Rena...

Methven Kiri Satinjet ultra low flow shower wins Green Good Design Award

...a Low Flow Shower won a 'green' medal in the 2011 Green Good Design Awards from The European Centre for Architecture Art Design & Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture & Design, the largest and oldest awards for contemporary design in the world. The Kiri Satinjet ultra low flow shower became available in the UK ...

New website for Uber has the wow factor

... is sure to offer inspiration to customers and kitchen designers alike! All sorts of modern ideas for the perfect cooking, dining and living space are shown explored. Uber's 'affordable chic' message is reinforced by stunning imagery which highlights the eye-catching products. The website gives a complete overview of all the stylish portfolios...

Industry bodies come together as the Kitchen & Bathroom Forum

  A story in the latest edition of kbbreview reports on the formation of a new think tank that brings together kitchen and bathroom related associations and organisations, with the aim of combining expertise and improving the sector as a whole. Named 'The Kitchen & Bathroom Forum', its objectives include the exchange of informati...

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...w on the news that several of the 'nicer' citizens of London had used social networking - so damned for the part it played in gathering the rioters to do their dirty deeds - to set up groups that would summon other decent people to start the clean up it helped restore my faith in human nature a little.  Do please keep your news coming in ov...

IMPORTANT WARNING - INTERNET SCAM INVOLVING APPLIANCE PURCHASES

...been advised that there are several scams in operation at the moment targeting specialist retailers for appliance purchases. Requests are received via email/internet and when a contact phone number is requested, an email response is received citing a hearing impairment so they cannot communicate verbally. Payments are then being made via st...

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...h a useful half load facility. T: 01256 308 067 AKW 's 'Level Best' wet-room system is perfect for those of limited ability. T: 01905 823298 Gorenje 's new GIC63140 AX built-in compact dishwasher accommodates six standard place settings and is very energy- and water-efficient. T: 0208 247 3980 ...

IDS launches Twitter

... have fully embraced our online shopping solution with IDS Webstore in the last year and that was a forward thinking step for our industry and we are confident they will find Twitter a beneficial tool for them too." IDS Webstore offers registered trade customers a 24/7 online trading solution providing key benefits of product ordering, account m...

Carron Phoenix: so much to see and a history lesson too...

...ducts were on display, including the Adelphi low profile stainless steel sink, reflecting the trend for flushmounted styling, Isis undermounts in stainless steel, the Debut granite range and the Seraphina boiling water tap that boast 3-in-1 technology and is incredibly efficient not only in function but also in power consumption, costing as little ...

kbb 2014 Innovations Awards

...ovation tag on what they felt was their most innovative product, there was an abundance of products for the judges to consider. “This year the kbb exhibitors showcased more innovative products than ever, with each one providing a new and interesting solution,” they said. We saw so many exciting innovations that we felt relieved not t...

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...ve in the early Spring we were told to conserve water and warned that hosepipe bans might come into force before long. Now we read that we've experienced the coldest Summer since 1993. However, cold as it may have been at times, it was still fairly dry and our water stocks have not been replenished, which means we do still have to be careful abo...

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IFA 2011 , the global trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances opens today at Messe Berlin, Germany. It runs until Wednesday. W: www1.messe-berlin.de Waterproof wall panel system manufacturer Mermaid Panels , whose products feature in Buckingham Palace, has launched a fab new range of glass panels. T: 01...

Water saving made simple with Triton's new Leah Eco showerhead

For customers wanting to save water without completely changing their existing mixer shower or losing showering performance, Triton's new Leah Eco showerhead provides a quick, easy and affordable solution. Ideal for updating properties with mixer showers to comply with the Code for Sustainable Homes, it aerates the water flow to maintain a pow...

New kitchen market report published

...ding an in-depth review of recent market achievement, along with wide ranging analysis of market performance and development in the short to medium term.[TRIMTO] Report findings show the kitchen market continued to face challenging conditions in 2010, with the number of kitchens purchased remaining below the one million level and seeing a small ...

Tile Depot sponsors Wycombe Tigers Youth FC

...Depot, has helped brand new football team, Wycombe Tigers Youth FC, set up with sponsorship secured for its very first season. With stores across London and the South East including branches in High Wycombe, Aylesbury, Watford and Slough, Tile Depot is ideally placed to back the team, which has been accepted for entry into South Bucks Youth Leag...

Amica refrigeration selected for Cookery School

... end of every week, one contestant goes through to the next round. There are eight weeks of heats before a week of semi-finals and the concluding week of the final. Contestants are judged on their passion and drive as well as their levels of improvement and potential. In an interview with Channel 4, Gizzi described the series as: "It's like Mast...

Maytag launches new range of super smart tumble dryers

Maytag has launched a new range of premium tumble dryers offering a superb level of drying performance. Driven by the company's patented IntelliSense technology, the stylish and versatile new dryers offer the customer tremendous flexibility and a great range of programme options. The new models include two super intelligent condenser models wi...

Imperial Bathrooms unveils fine furniture collection

...h of space saving and storage solutions, Barrington encapsulates all that Imperial Bathrooms stands for - elegance, eminence and excellence. Available in walnut, wenge or oak finishes, Barrington incorporates a selection of awe-inspiring pieces that includes vanity units, a back-to-wall unit, wall cabinet and co-ordinating mirrors. Boasting a we...

Water Saving Plumbing Products Market Report UK 2011-2015, now available

... economy plus the positive impact of recent Government regulatory changes on this market sector. Forecasts indicate that the UK water saving plumbing products market will return to growth in 2011-12. Following the changes to Part G of the Building Regulations in 2010, these products are in greater demand. In addition, the water consumption targe...

Zanussi fridge freezer one of Which? magazine's Top 10 Space Savers

...one of its 'Top 10 space-saving kitchen gadgets'. The 50cm wide ZRT318W was also awarded 5 stars for both fridge and freezer temperature stability.[TRIMTO] Which? Says: "The petite Zanussi ZRT318W freestanding fridge has a small freezer compartment at the top and a larger fridge beneath - good if you don't have room for two separate refrigera...

Methven unveils Deva Signature shower kits

...- one, three and five function shower heads - the Signature range is simple to operate and suitable for all members of the family. Featuring rub clean jets; adjustable handset height; durable solid metal slide rails with adjustable mounts; and, a choice between the easy to clean, smooth PVC hose with anti twist swivel ends or robust stainless steel...

KBSA releases details of post-AGM networking dinner

...ree Entry into the Kitchen Conference on Tuesday 5th October 2011 is included in the delegate price for retail members. Special prices have been negotiated for Corporate Members - please follow this link. www.kbbreview.com "As well as an update from the KBSA, we will have Matt Thomas - Head Buyer Kitchens & Bathrooms, John Lewis, and Chr...

Electrolux CEO Keith McLoughlin makes keynote speech at IFA 2011

...ors - including 125,000 from the trade - showed up at what some consider is the most important fair for consumer electronics and home appliances. For the first time, Keith McLoughlin introduces himself to the European retailer audience within the International Keynotes: in his speech which starts from 15.00 to 15.45 pm (CEST), he discusses how "...

Liebherr wins Which? 'Best Buy' status for G1221 Under Counter freezer

Liebherr has been awarded the Which? 'Best Buy' status for the G1221 Under Counter freezer. The G1221 freezer can keep food frozen for more than a day and a half in a power cut and is unaffected by fluctuating room temperatures. Liebherr was commended for the recommended setting as 'spot on', so once you've set it up you shouldn't need to touc...

New appointment at Apex Interior Systems

...ment, including management of external and internal sales teams and developing new routes to market for the company's growing product range. In addition to originating and implementing new product development initiatives to increase Apex customers' profit opportunities, his aim is also to keep the company to the fore by embracing new processes a...

Renewables Roadshow 2011

Ideal Standard will be showcasing is latest water saving designs for the bathroom at the Renewables Roadshow 2011. The Roadshow, on tour throughout September, will bring a zero-jargon approach to the very latest technologies and training for trade professionals across the UK. Ideal Standard says that with over 300 products on the Bathroom Manuf...

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...are that I was a strong advocate of our need to cut the amount of waste we send to landfill, long before the EU set the ever tightening targets we now have to meet. Although my local council operates a good doorstep collection scheme for recyclables, it doesn’t take items such as aluminium foil, paint tins, builders’ rubble, broken c...

leader 9th Sept continued

... furniture, thrown into the ‘general rubbish’ skips, the contents of which are destined for landfill. I also see banks of kitchen appliances such as fridges, freezers, cookers and microwaves and wonder whether these really are irreparable or whether the previous owners have simply decided to upgrade but haven’t bothered to try and...

News in Brief

Register for Designersblock 2011 , which takes place in Clerkenwell, London, from 22nd through 25th September, by visiting: www.designersblocklondon2011.eventbrite.com Stuart Turner 's new 'wasteflo' macerators and lifting station feature a removable watertight cassette system for easy and clean access without the ne...

Just Add Water - Ellis Furniture joins forces with Fayers

...e Ellis Furniture brand to the Just Add Water showrooms coincides with a period of heavy investment for the leading manufacturer, which has seen new machinery reduce bathroom product lead times to just two weeks, plus the upcoming launch of a plethora of new products and a significant amount of new marketing support. Speaking about the new partn...

Musical chairs with a twist!

Guy Pratt, Assistant Director of Community Protection for Hertfordshire County Council and Chair of the Standards Board for Stevenage-based The Furniture Ombudsman, has now also become the Chair of the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers (ACTSO).[TRIMTO] ACTSO is the body that represents the most senior staff in the Trading Standar...

AGA Rangemaster says streamlined processes improve profit performance

The AGA Rangemaster Group has released the results of its first half year trading statement for the 2011 financial year... and the Midlands-based specialist in range cooking and kitchen living has announced an improved profit performance, with a marked rise in operating profit to £2.9 million from £0.8 million.[TRIMTO] Rangemaster c...

Roca rocks it

Roca is a leading global bathroom brand, not only renowned for its cutting edge design and technology but also for its commitment to the environment which puts it at the forefront of the industry. Roca's latest addition to its portfolio of environmentally-friendly products is Drain News. This deceptively simple innovation begs the question - wh...

Polypipe launches Domus radial duct system

Polypipe Ventilation, has launched its Domus Radial Duct System for properties requiring whole house ventilation. Traditional ducting systems are based upon a branch design, with ducting to rooms run off a main duct connected to a MEV, MVHR unit or in-line fan. The Domus Radial Duct System works differently in that each room vent is served by ...

Elegant Glassline from Hafele

...n be tailored to meet design demands.[TRIMTO] The unparalleled high quality Vauth Sagel is known for is demonstrated in the frames as user friendly movements mean little effort is needed when opening and all options are all offered with soft close as standard. The side decor panels on the baskets are easy to change without the need for tools an...

20-20 Technologies strikes the right chord for Symphony

...privately owned manufacturer of fitted kitchen, bedroom and bathroom furniture, the Symphony Group, for around 20 years to deliver advanced design software.[TRIMTO] Symphony is a mass market supplier and its team of designers produce kitchen, bedroom and bathroom layouts for private developers, social housing providers, independent retailers and...

Perfect portfolio of traditional taps

...rlier this year, the new Portfolio 55 collection from Franke is an exclusive range of taps designed for the style conscious consumer who demands quality products for the kitchen. There is a total of 14 taps in the Portfolio 55 range, four of which are traditional timeless designs - the Verona, Venician, Vecchio and Rialto. The Venician model has...

Legal Expert Judith Turner joins The Furniture Ombudsman

...sional and I am thrilled that she has joined our team." Judith read Law at King's College London for three years before graduating with honours in 1998. She went on to complete the Legal Practice Course and a training contract before qualifying as a solicitor in 2001. Judith was previously employed by a City law firm, practicing in commercial pr...

De Dietrich awards service contract to Assurant Solutions

... has appointed Assurant Solutions as the provider and administrator of all service repair contracts for both De Dietrich and Fagor brands in the UK*.[TRIMTO] Speciality insurance provider, Assurant Solutions will provide a personalised call centre service for De Dietrich and Fagor customers from its European operations centre based in Cork, Repu...

FIRA to supply furniture test equipment to the Philippines

The Furniture Industry Research Association has secured a contract to supply the Forest Products Research & Development Institute (FPRDI), a research and development agency under the Department of Science and Technology in the Philippines, with furniture test equipment.[TRIMTO] This batch of equipment, worth more than £70,000, is the...

IDS hits £1m sales with its Webstore on-line shopping solution

...ne and Tuscan solid surfaced worktops, as well as a host of laminate worktop brands from Bushboard, Formica and Duropal. Easy to navigate, fast to use and visually engaging, the site is rich with information allowing customers multiple ways to search for and select products by browsing a product category, a particular brand or by putting a produ...

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...so happened that a press release from uSwitch, the body that helps us find the best energy supplier for our needs, had arrived in the short time I'd been away from my desk. It offered some energy saving tips, which I scanned through dismissively without learning anything, but some of the results of a recent survey had me aghast so I read further......

News in Brief

... material and comes in two sizes. E: sales@dornbracht.co.uk Celebrate the hot interiors trend for exotic timbers with Zebrano effect glass tiles from the CP Group 's new Cookhouse Impact collection. T: 0845 519 7039. ...

Designs for all seasons

...ign. With strong lines and subtle planking it brings an autumnal richness of colour which will transform a room adding style and a feeling of opulence. It is produced in co-ordination to Kronospan's Samara Scuro D8568 product. Renolit Alkoren 46485 Union A. Beech designs remain a popular choice and this modern sophisticated version of a timele...

Kitchens International strengthens its team

...all office operations, warehouse administration and control stock levels. With his excellent talent for administration this new role will involve him supporting every department. Brian has worked in sales design, survey and order processing, so brings a vast knowledge to his new management role. Chris Redpath has been promoted to Warehouse Manag...

Caesarstone serves an ace at Wimbledon

The luxurious competitors lounge at the Wimbledon Tennis Club required a surface for the dining area, which complemented its style and heritage while providing a high level of functionality. The solution was the beautiful Caesarstone Titanium quartz surface in a 30mm thickness with a 50mm formed edge which was installed by Cheshire Marble (Fabric...

Refurbishment project suffers severe setbacks following electrical explosion

...t to include apartments and commercial use. The man, 35, from East London, worked as sub-contractor for Pineview Interiors in Havering, London. At the time of the incident, a 415 volt 3 phase temporary electrical supply had been provided to the site. The Court heard that on the morning of the incident the worker approached his supervisor, to exp...

International Water Education Conference now underway

...re gatheredin Bozeman, Montana this week to discuss how education can lead to sustainable solutions for global water issues. The Sustaining the Blue Planet: Global Water Education Conference kicked off with a Sponsors' Reception on Tuesday evening and will continue through Friday. General sessions and interactive workshops will explore innovations ...

You have to be in it to win it - Kaldewei 'Retailer of the Year Award'

In January this year, Kaldewei, popular throughout Europe for its baths and shower trays, launched its 'Retailer of the Year Award 2011' - a promotion to seek out and reward the most exemplary retailer deemed to create stunning displays, offer the most exceptional service and embody Kaldewei's core brand values of quality, style and pioneering ...

Bad habits burning energy and money

...hen charging a phone overnight, it will be charged in an hour and then left connected unnecessarily for a further seven hours. The overcharging will use 2 Watts an hour for seven hours when the battery is full, but the device is still connected to the charger. This equates to 5.11KWh. A day's typical use of a 32" LCD TV (four hours a day, 170W TV) ...

Are you attending InstallerLive this year?

...ers have produced a comprehensive programme of free seminars, training and practical demonstrations for tradespeople. So even if you feel today is not the time for you to invest in your training and up skilling to become MCS qualified, InstallerLive will help you to start thinking about the business opportunities available to you in the near future...

RAK Ceramics launches new Opulence bathroom range

...more fluid, feminine version, each offered with optional surface offsets, with or without ledges. Formats include the sleek-legged console basin, full slender pedestal and half pedestal, and all products include dedicated click-clack wastes. Basins can also be mounted into or onto porcelain slabs, from RAK's Lounge range, in shades of ivory, bei...

World's 50 best restaurants: trends from top chefs and critics

...gredients!" As a global appliance manufacturer that offers a complete range of kitchen solutions for both professional and home kitchens and one that bases all product development (both for professional and home use) on consumer insight, Electrolux is in a great position to share some of the behind-the-scenes secrets of the world's most creative...

Australia: Home renovation programmes have spawned DIY kitchens revival

...n and install their own kitchens as part of a home renovation project. Such is the growth in demand for its DIY kitchens now, that Kitset has recently opened a new store - its fifth.[TRIMTO] This expansion, the company believes, is testament to the premium quality kitchens it is known to deliver to renovators, at prices and service standards tha...

Employers and interns get clarity on minimum wage

Guidance providing greater clarity for businesses that offer work experience, placements and internships was published yesterday, as announced in the Social Mobility Strategy in April.[TRIMTO] The updated guidance from Business Link and DirectGov includes advice on the payment of the National Minimum Wage for work experience staff and interns, ...

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... I have believed strongly in the need to employ a trained and qualified professional to do any work for me. Anyone I call in also has to come high on the Checkatrade listings AND be a member of a reputable trade organisation. The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers' 'Installation Standards Pledge' (see this week's news for ou...

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...ly hours and we're both ready to collapse. I want to make sure you get to read this week's KBZine before you leave work for the weekend! The Berlin show was for another industry for which we've been producing an e-zine for almost 10 years and although it's not quite as glamorous as the KBB industry, it's still good fun and involves some lovely p...

News in Brief

... cleaner is a Which? Online Best Buy. Tel: 08445 611611 If you haven't yet registered your team for the KBB industry Quiz Night in London on 25th October, E: andrea.moseley@ubm.com by next Friday. The event will raise money for the kbb Events WaterAid Campaign and you can enter a team of five for £300. ...

Solo style for the cloakroom from HiB

Exclusive to popular bathroom products supplier HiB, two new Solo floor standing furniture units have been designed to advance both contemporary style and quality in the cloakroom of the modern home.[TRIMTO] The two Solo units have been designed to fit under HiB's new Delta and Swirl mineral marble basins, and give a feeling of luxury and styl...

Karonia launches new website

...ed a new website. Designed to be simple to navigate, the site presents comprehensive and detailed information on the range in a series of short, easily assimilated sections.[TRIMTO] Specialising in high quality, solid surface solutions for both the residential and commercial sectors, Karonia launched the Mistral range of enhanced acrylic worktop...

Smart Systems partners with Miele on innovative online contract quoting service

Smart Systems, a pioneer in business solutions for the kitchen and bathroom industry, and Miele, a world leader in the production of high quality domestic appliances, have announced the launch of an online contract quoting facility, which aims to provide Miele's Project Partners with the highest level of service in the industry. The system, which ...

When a Little John makes a big difference...

2011 is a landmark year for LittleJohn, the Hampshire-based bathroom retailer, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. Founded by Bill Gosney and his wife Pearl in 1991, the family-run business has flourished over the years. Today it employs 18 people and has designed and installed around 2,500 quality bathrooms across Hampshire, West ...

Bushboard's premium Omega laminate worktop range now even better!

... a newly unveiled upgraded Omega laminate worksurface range.[TRIMTO] Innovation is the watchword for the new Omega collection with a raft of new design and product developments not seen from any worktop manufacturer in recent years, including the technically superb new Q3 edge profile, nine new designs and a selection of shaped components for en...

Carron Phoenix's new Bali tap complements best-selling Bali sink range

...d tap range to ensure the perfect design complement responding to both retailer and consumer demand for a matching tap.[TRIMTO] The linear, modern styling of the company's Bali sink range which is available in ceramic and an extensive range of granite colours is one of Carron's best-selling styles. Its new design partner, the Bali tap, draws on ...

EQ expanding businesses online

...elling products online and has caused some controversy in recent months. EQ Software, a facilitator for this increased activity through its popular eStore web solution, has proved with many customer sites now developed and live, that kbb business on the web is growing at a rapid pace and is here to stay.[TRIMTO] Well known for its kbb business m...

Cut the Vat, says the BMA!

The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has been a long supporter of the campaign for a reduced rate of VAT on home repair and improvement work. The Cut the VAT Campaign, argues that VAT on all home repair, maintenance and improvement work should be reduced from 20% to 5%. Independent research shows that this particular change to VAT rates wo...

Mereway joins the Articad supplier partnership

CAD specialist for the KBB sector, ArtiCAD, has announced that Mereway has joined the company's thriving Supplier Partnership Programme. The full range of Mereway's kitchen cabinets, encompassing over 70 different finishes, including MFC, foil-wrapped, veneer, solid wood and painted finishes in slab, shaker and curved door styles, are now availab...

We have the technology to slash global emissions, say engineers

...and energy efficiency technologies have all been demonstrated. However they are not being developed for widescale use fast enough and there is a desperate need for financial and legislative support from governments around the world if they are to fulfil their potential. Dr Colin Brown, Director of Engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Eng...

Exquisite Elba from Franke

The Elba ELK sink from Franke is stylish, practical and great value for money. To cater for all requirements, two models are available. The heavy duty Elba ELK has an attractive drainer design and is finished in gloss white for a fashionable look that is equally at home in either a modern or traditional kitchen.[TRIMTO] The ELK 611 has a s...

NKBA announces call-for-entries to the 2012 NKBA Design Competition

... This Old House, The Home Depot, Delta, 20-20 Technologies and HGTVRemodels, has announced the call for entries to the 2012 NKBA Design Competition.[TRIMTO] This prominent annual competition is open to all NKBA members, and honours top designers from across the US and Canada, who convey an outstanding level of skill and artistic insight in desig...

News in Brief

...nitaryware manufacturer Sanindusa has opened its first UK base and employed a sales team. The Dartford, Kent office, houses sales, administration and warehouse/logistics. E: info@sanindusa.uk.com Philippe Starck has introduced some striking new geometric variations to his classic bathroom collections for Duravit. E: info@uk.duravit.com ...

Steel adds Mega Wok burner to hob options

Steel, renowned throughout Europe for its quality and beautifully designed professional range cookers and kitchen appliances, is adding a Mega Wok burner to its extensive range of hob options. As eating in becomes the new eating out, homeowners are reaching to different continents to create a variety of dishes for their guests. Steel's new pow...

More UK retailers could collapse ahead of rent quarter due

... They will be looking where possible to turn to past tenants and guarantors who may be on the hook for the current tenant's liabilities under the lease." "Retailers have found the past few months to be extremely difficult. They have suffered poor summer sales, due to the squeeze on consumers which has limited spending in light of high inflation...

iKBBI Launch Installation Standards Pledge

...asurement of the standards, together with independent accreditation of those installers who operate for the retailer. Over time, the sharing of non-sensitive information is designed to promote great installation businesses, whilst developing those with the willingness to improve and eventually forcing out the rogue trader element. Mooted some ti...

Imperial Bathrooms unveils luxurious marble & granite consoles

Imperial Bathrooms - the renowned British manufacturer of luxury bathroom products for the discerning - has further extended its collection of free-standing basin stands with a range of marble and granite consoles that boast 'his and hers' options. Comprising five models - Oban, Adare, Hardwick, Nevis and Troon - these latest consoles not only...

Harry Wins Gold at Skillbuild Final

...d, were both on display within the area and it proved to be both a challenging and popular activity for visitors to undertake, with many being surprised by the level of skill required to set out and tile the design correctly. The Tile Association will now take its 'Have A Go' area on to WorldSkills London 2011, being held over four days at the E...

Product launch success

...surprise to find this letter," says Danny Garraway of Master Bathrooms. "We put a lot of time and effort into creating this window display, so to receive acknowledgment makes it all worthwhile. "The display has created quite a stir, passers-by are coming inside to see the rest of the showroom, drawn in by the fabulous new Utopia window display"....

Ellis Furniture unveils impressive bathroom and kitchen brochures

..., beautifully designed furniture, and support the introduction of 18 new product ranges.[TRIMTO] For the new bathroom range, a beautiful 76-page, full colour glossy A4 brochure presents the entire range of fitted and modular furniture in wood and high gloss finishes, brought to life with stunning photography. The user-friendly literature provide...

Issue 7 of AMA's Quarterly Housebuilding Bulletin just published

The 7th issue of the 'Housebuilding and RMI Forecasts Bulletin Great Britain' is now available, providing a quarterly review of the domestic construction sector including new housebuild and RMI.[TRIMTO] The bulletin contains the very latest statistics and information on housebuilding, together with medium and longer term forecasts. The informat...

New industry training course a real success

The first Level 2 Sales & Customer Care course for the KBB industry was run by Graham Hayden at the Whirlpool Training centre in Croydon on 14th September.[TRIMTO] The 12 delegates that had experienced the introductory level 1 course attended - they came from Dewhirst Kitchens, Elements Kitchens, Tradex Home Improvements and Poggenpohl. ...

Stuart Turner launches Wasteflo range

Stuart Turner remains at the forefront of design technology and product innovation and while this has traditionally enabled the company to engineer solutions to boost clean water, this October will see its product portfolio strengthened further with the introduction of the all new 'wasteflo' brand![TRIMTO] The new wasteflo range of macerat...

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...lar readers, but from those who've stumbled across us during a quest via one of the search engines, for an answer to a pressing question or problem. For the past few months we have been broadcasting KBZine in a different way that not only allows us to count the click-throughs to our advertisements and editorials, but which also allows us to take...

News in Brief

...ndesign.com B C Sanitan 's freestanding bath collection, comes in over 139 RAL colour options for that individual touch. E: jacuzzisalesdesk@jacuzziuk.com ...

China Xiamen International Kitchen & Bathroom Fair 2011 takes place next month

...Kitchen Cabinet Chamber of Commerce of Xiamen.[TRIMTO] The organisers have promised that great efforts will be made to fully explore the domestic market and encourage international trade, with a view to developing this event as an international specialist kitchen and bathroom fair. With 35,000m2 of exhibition area, 600 exhibitors and the China X...

Herman Miller awarded BIFMA level 3

...ified by global public health and environmental organisation NSF International to the highest level for sustainable furniture - BIFMA level 3. Products certified to the level program may satisfy US state and federal purchasing requirements and earn points toward LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.[TRIMTO] Certific...

A new Abode (albeit brief!) for needy children

...provide an annual programme of canal trips aboard narrow boats on the local waterways, specifically for special needs groups, those with health and mobility problems and socially disadvantaged groups.[TRIMTO] Each year at Christmas-time, the Trust takes a number of children aboard on a special boat trip to meet Santa in his Grotto, and this year...

Furniture Industry Research Association offers PhD opportunity

...rs and research staff from both Buckinghamshire New University and Rycotewood Furniture Centre at Oxford & Cherwell Valley College, partners of The National School of Furniture. The research-based studentship will lead to a PhD degree by thesis from Coventry University for the successful candidate and will commence in 2011. "I am delighted t...

Stourbridge builder fined for illegal gas work

...ctrical, Plumbing & Building Services, has been prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive for carrying out gas work at four houses in Worcester between September 2009 and July 2010, despite not being Gas Safe registered. The Gas Safe Register is the official compulsory registration scheme for gas engineers in Britain and it is illegal ...

Hoover rewards independent retailers

...scheme designed to allow retailers and their sales team to earn reward points that result in prizes for every Hoover product they sell. The Power Points incentive scheme is exclusive to independent retailers and their staff who sign up to the Hoover Display Plan. It has been designed to reward the manufacturer's valued sales partners and give in...

Magnet Trade electrifies its Autumn campaign

...nd Joinery specialist Magnet Trade has teamed up with electrical giant Sony to reward its customers for their spend this Autumn. The 'Big Autumn Giveaway' offers account holders who spend £2000 ex VAT or more on kitchens and joinery this month, the chance to redeem some fantastic Sony products. There are nine fantastic electrical products ...

50 grassroots rugby teams given new kits & chance to train with England

...G 9 series washing machine and tumble dryer, will compete against each other to gain the most votes for a chance to learn to kick like Wilkinson, lead a team like Moody or cross the try line like Ashton.[TRIMTO] To do this, teams will be looking for the support of their local communities, businesses, family and friends. Not only will voters have...

Purple microwave takes it to the Max!

...tionally fast and even defrosting thanks to the company's revolutionary 3D system, which ensures uniform circulation with its three-dimensional microwave distribution system. Dean McKelvie, Product Marketing Manager, Freestanding says: "We think our new purple model will really make a splash, but it's not just there to look good. Our Max microwa...

Ellis Furniture introduces space saving cloakroom furniture

...nks to the Cloakroom range from leading manufacturer Ellis Furniture, offering the perfect solution for compact spaces.[TRIMTO] The slim Cloakroom unit is just 450mm wide and only 255mm deep, and features a stylish integral rectangular basin, which blends effortlessly with the single door unit beneath. With a choice of floor standing, or wall hu...

National Heat Pump Awards becomes annual event following launch success

...f last year's inaugural event, the National Heat Pump Awards 2012 have been launched in an expanded format and the event established as a regular annual highlight in the industry's calendar.[TRIMTO] The awards were launched last year with the backing of key industry organisations and leading companies to reward and celebrate the rapid progress b...

A sustainable 'like'

...aners to leading marine research organisation Algalita. To make it even easier to join the quest for cleaner oceans, Electrolux is now using Facebook to create a 'donate as you go' opportunity. Until October 30th 2011, each new 'Like' for the Vac from the Sea initiative on the Electrolux Page results in the company donating one Euro to Algalita,...

WEEE Directive recast negotiations sparking disagreements

The European Parliament and the 27 EU member states are set for difficult negotiations over the recast of the bloc's electronic waste directive as MEPs insist on ambitious targets for collecting and recycling discarded fridges, phones and other e-waste than the member states can accept, reports EurActiv .[TRIMTO] The European Parliament's Envi...

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...hard enough right now, small businesses are having to be extra vigilant when taking online payments for goods sold as they are seen as easy targets by experienced fraudsters. Recent figures from the UK Cards Association show that, while debit and credit card fraud has fallen to its lowest level for 11 years as a result of chip and pin technology...

Leader 14th October continued

... not present, in other words mail order and online payments. The best advice is to be prepared." For mail order transactions Mr Bradley advises business owners to apply Address Verification Service and Cardholder Verification Value 2 checks on their terminals. He says that all the information requested should be entered in full and verified, war...

News in Brief

...cycling Awards. www.indesit.ie Luxury interiors specialist Intervari is sole UK distributor for Spanish manufacturer Mobalco's award-winning kitchen furniture and products. E: design@intervari.com   Kaldewei' s Classic Duo Oval Wide baths feature in 45 bathrooms in Berlin's new 4-star nhow hotel. E: info@kaldewei.de Spec...

New format a success for KBSA AGM

A new format for the The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association's AGM was warmly welcomed by members and judged a great success by those who attended the event on 4th October.[TRIMTO] A total of 24 retail members and 28 representatives from corporate members were amongst the 59 people that attended the event, which was held at th...

Atag extends popular promotions

Atag, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, has extended its excellent Summer offers until the end of the year. The two promotions, which are now extended until 31st December 2011, give the kitchen specialist superb savings on some of Atag's most de...

Suppliers receive their awards

...ly awards of their kind that represent the views of retailers and not a panel of judges.[TRIMTO] For the second consecutive year the winners include Neff for best product supplier; Miele won the award for best training provider and a joint award was given to Omega and Mereway Kitchens/Wentworth for best display support. Retailers voted for th...

Tile a kitchen floor or bathroom walls from only £99

...as introduced a choice of packages, which provide customers with tiles, adhesive, spacers and grout for their kitchen floor or bathroom walls, from a staggeringly low £99 including VAT. The kitchen packages include eight square metres of floor tiles in a choice of beige or grey as well as two 20kg bags of rapid set flexible adhesive, 250 t...

New AMA report provides major review of the UK Shower Market

...ared to the market size in 2010 and reflects the continuing fragility of the UK economy.[TRIMTO] Forecasts indicate that the UK shower equipment market will return to modest growth in 2012-13 as consumer confidence and housebuilding levels gradually improve. By 2015, the overall market value is forecast to be £500 million at MSP, which wou...

Whirlpool wins International Design & Architecture Award

Whirlpool has won an International Design & Architecture Award for its stunning Nova American-style, side-by-side fridge freezer. The International Design and Architecture Awards, organised by Design et al magazine, aim to celebrate the best in interior design, architecture and innovation from around the world. The awards inspire other...

KitchenAid's Vacuum Machine has the 'Chef Touch'

...colour.[TRIMTO] The compact KSVC 3610 Vacuum Machine preserves food with the Sous Vide technique for packing food and ingredients in an airless environment. It is one of three appliances that form KitchenAid's brand new Chef Touch Sous Vide cooking system, which also comprises the KOCV 3610 Combi Steamer oven for gently cooking or perfectly re-h...

Naked Collection

...There is a towel bar module, a shelves module, a fabric storage module and a deck module which transforms the bath into a handy top that exploits the space to the utmost degree, blending beauty with practicality. The acrylic bath tub has generous dimensions of 1800 x 880mm and, to facilitate varied interior design preferences, is available in gl...

Energy Saving Week highlights new 'intelligent' heating control

...d;1,345 a year by OFGEM (Office of the Gas and Electricity Markets), this issue now becomes crucial for many householders. A clever new invention called eTRV can potentially save 15% to 25% on heating bills for gas or oil central heating. Manufactured by Chalmore, theTRV is an electronic thermostatic radiator valve that can take the place of the...

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...ur readers and the click-throughs to our banner links, we reckon that it must be a useful reference for anyone in the industry. Other members of your team might also have some suggestions for editorials that you might not have considered, which could be featured on our pages too...   Yours, Jan Hobbs   ...

News in Brief

... Novellini's Simon Bailey has joined Lakes Bathrooms as area sales manager, taking responsibility for the South East. E: info@lakesbathrooms.co.uk Ideal Standard has launched its new Concept Vanity furniture and basin collection. T: 01482 346461 Register for The Sleep Event Europe (23/24 Nov, Business Design Centre) at www.thesleep...

CRL's new Serenity sliding frameless shower door appears to float into place

C R Laurence continues to respond to requests for progressive sliding shower door systems with the brand new Serenity Series Frameless Shower Door System.[TRIMTO] Sold as a kit or as individual components, the Serenity system features a cleverly designed, low profile stainless steel header support bar. High quality smooth gliding rollers above...

New technology cabinets from HiB

Bathroom products specialist HiB has introduced two handsome new LED backlit cabinets with, for the first time, heated mirror pads to prevent condensation.[TRIMTO] The two cabinet designs - Dakota and Delaware - both have the LED illumination embedded within the door or doors and are designed for the light to stay on when the doors are opened....

Abode Verso the rest!

Yet another Gold Design Award win for Abode, the stylish Barnsley kitchen tap and sink manufacturing and design outfit...[TRIMTO] This year makes it four in a row for Abode as the company wins yet another Award at the Designer magazine Awards presentations. This year it is for its creatively designed, heavyweight, sloping Verso kitchen tap, w...

US home remodelling activity to remain weak through first half of 2012

...tor of Remodeling Activity released yesterday by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The remodelling market is expected to stay soft with the LIRA pointing to a modest decline in annual homeowner improvement spending over the next several quarters.[TRIMTO] "After pulling through the worst...

The Baumatic Autumn collection of promotions is here

...he end of December. Marketing Director, Owain Harrison explains: "This is a two-pronged campaign for Baumatic, enabling us to support both our retailers and their end consumers by creating tempting special offers across many of our ranges, current and new. The nationwide exposure will not only help to promote the campaign, but also the retailers...

TTA invites nominations for 2012 Awards

The Tile Association has announced that it is now inviting nominations for the 2012 TTA Awards. The event, which will be taking place on Saturday, 21st April 2012 at the Hilton Hotel in Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre complex, rewards the products, people, businesses and projects in the tile industry.[TRIMTO] The Tile Association Awards...

LDL Launches Autumn Promotion

...legant chrome railing, available in half and three quarter options. A slimline 150mm Linea pull-out for condiments or tea towels and pull-out shelving in a comprehensive range of cabinet widths complete the new extensions to this popular range. As an added incentive, customers buying any 10 products from the Linea range will receive an additiona...

Burlington rocks & rolls into SCIN studio

...f the finest and most durable natural stones in the world, the showroom location is the perfect platform for Burlington to meet clients and demonstrate the depth and diversity of its natural stone product range - one that exudes the ultimate in opulence, quality and permanence. Greeting visitors within the 'manufacturer' section of the SCIN show...

Baumatic and the China Connection

... joint partner to exclusive proprietor in early September, Baumatic will now roll out its programme for European innovation to China and the rest of Asia. Although Europe will remain at the heart of the production process, with the product team continuing to design and manufacture through the company's main European factories, this new acquisition...

UK taxman urges employers to ditch 'A N Other'

...x and national insurance contributions. However, it is not always accurate. This can cause problems for the employee, for example, incorrect amounts being deducted from their pay. It can also use up valuable employer and HMRC time and money putting the error right. As well as 507 A N Others, employer returns for 2009/10 revealed the following in...

From surviving to thriving by doing business overseas...

... in global markets as the recession continues to bite.[TRIMTO] As well as practical advice and information from UK Trade & Investment experts from eight central European countries, delegates heard inspirational talks from senior representatives from Jaguar Land Rover and HSBC. One company that understands what it's like to start on the ex...

Hi-Macs is key to superb wetroom design

...nic and low maintenance surface. Being a solid surface with seamless joins Hi-Macs obviates in need for grouting where dirt or germs can gather. The wetroom is a fantastic creation with two Vado shower areas including a Vado Ethos ceiling-mounted shower head surrounded by embedded LED downlights and a wall mounted mirror/TV unit. The other sh...

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...crisis continues to bite, many suggest that tax incentives are needed to make green shopping more affordable. Yet conference delegates were warned that selling the resource efficiency agenda to consumers as cost-saving could have some serious fallout.  "Selling resource efficiency through the cost-saving argument will not work as people wil...

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Well done  to Armitage Shanks for supporting the Bog Standard School Toilet Awards! T: 01543 490253 Kaldewei 's Asymmetric Duo bath tub won a Gold Product Innovation Award in the UK Designer Awards. T: +49 2382 785 0 Moods Bathrooms has added a classic new roll top bath to its freestanding Richmond range. E: info@pjhgroup.com ...

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...f my keyboard contact is being drowned out by the tapping of rain that doesn't seem to have stopped for two days. The east coast of the US has seen severe early snowfall and all forecasts point to similar weather hitting us in the UK before the end of the month and keep plaguing us for much of the Winter. The past two Winters have seen Arctic we...

Livery Company launches new sustainability award for British furniture manufacturers

The efforts of British furniture manufacturers to become greener are to be recognised by a new annual award from the industry's Livery company, the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers.[TRIMTO] The Furniture Makers Sustainability Award is open to British manufacturing members of the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme (FISP) administe...

Amica first to offer free collection of WEEE and packaging

...mica, one of Europe's largest producers of built-in and freestanding kitchen appliances, has joined forces with The Wastepack Group and Electrolink to offer electrical retailers and distributors a completely free of any charge collection and disposal service for all brands of electrical products (including small appliances, TV's and white goods). T...

Intervari signs exclusive UK distribution deal with Mobalco

... award-winning designs and products.[TRIMTO] Originating in Spain, Mobalco is now world-renowned for its high-technology kitchen concepts with a contemporary style. After successful market launches in Germany, France and the USA, the manufacturer has chosen Intervari as its UK brand ambassador and holder of exclusive distribution rights. Inte...

Bushboard's Encore solid surface range responds to trend for traditional looks

...Crystal designs which salute the look of natural granite and stone and respond to the growing trend for traditional looks in the kitchen. Four new designs have been added titled Crystal Black, Crystal Cream, Crystal Glass and Crystal White, which mirror natural stone, while being warmer to the touch. The designs feature a large opaque acryl...

Post office guarantees to beat architects' insurance renewal quotes

The Post Office is guaranteeing to beat business insurance renewal quotes for architects' offices. The business insurance policy, which can be accessed from any one of over 11,800 Post Office branches, as well as by phone and online, will provide architects with access to the wide ranging cover required in the course of their business includi...

Ellis Furniture apprentices win awards

...ilding, believing the company has an important role to play in ensuring there are quality craftsmen for the future. Apprentices spend three years completing their apprenticeships, learning the basic foundations of furniture making and the use of specialised machinery; before being trained for a permanent role in the company during their third ye...

Trustmark achieves 'Social Enterprise' recognition

TrustMark, the Government-endorsed quality mark for tradespeople, has been awarded the Social Enterprise Mark in recognition of its not-for-profit business, which helps consumers find reliable and trustworthy kitchen and bathroom installers. TrustMark joins other ethical businesses that have also been recognised by being awarded the Social En...

Late Payments Directive to be brought forward

...to pursue early transposition into national law of the late payments directive, scheduled initially for 2013, reports EurActiv Italy.[TRIMTO] "I will send a letter to all member states to ask the advance transposition of the late payments directive, which was initially scheduled for January 2013, but we decided to anticipate it," he said, accusi...

M & S Sonoma folding wardrobe receives FIRA Innovation Award

FIRA's Innovation Award has been presented to Marks & Spencer for its novel Sonoma folding wardrobe. The award was received by M & S Furniture technologist David Attwell at FIRA's annual event, held at the House of Lords last Friday.[TRIMTO] The clever folding design includes a hidden hinge detail on the side of the wardrobe, which ena...

New Dante Spiral tap from Carron Phoenix cuts a classic professional look

...e tap is one of the nine new styles launched during the summer as part of Carron's portfolio update for 2011.[TRIMTO] For many kitchens a full-blown catering tap can be too large in proportion but the Dante Spiral stands at 350mm high, around the average tap height, so is more flexible for a choice of sink locations and with a reasonable retail ...

Bright Medical responds to report on need for bathroom safety equipment

... 230,000 people into American emergency rooms in 2008, according to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. In response to the study, Bright Medical, a leading online marketplace for medical supplies and equipment, decided to expand its Bathroom Safety Equipment category to include over 100 different products, inclu...

Bathroom Retailers Market Research & Analysis UK 2011-2015 now published

...iding a fresh, comprehensive & reliable review of the UK Bathroom Retailers Market in 2011 with forecasts to 2015.[TRIMTO] Written specifically for bathroom product manufacturers, bathroom retailers & installers and bathroom product distributors, the 180+ page report is available immediately in a variety of formats. It represents what MT...

The Tile Association shows support for 'Cut The VAT' campaign

The Tile Association has announced its support for the 'Cut The VAT' campaign, adding its name to an ever growing list of organisations encouraging the UK Government to reduce VAT on all home repair, maintenance and improvement work from 20% to 5%.[TRIMTO] The EU has changed the law to allow member states to permanently reduce VAT to 5% on the ...

Leader 28th October continued

...at the rebound effect was not fully documented by academic research, he did stress the need to look for new sources of value, such as appreciating the quality of goods purchased rather than buying cheap. Asked about potential solutions to the rebound effect problem, Steven Stone from the UNEP Economics & Trade branch insisted on the importan...

Smart storage ideas from Blum

...David Sanders, says that "functional cabinets" are the way to go: "We buy a refrigerator or an oven for a specific purpose, so why shouldn't every kitchen cabinet have a specific storage purpose," he asks. [TRIMTO] "The watchwords for base units are 'no shelves' - all full extension drawers and pull-outs thus achieving 'total access'. By pl...

PJH pedal power helps 'Get Jed Mobile'

...to pedal the streets of Greater Manchester as part of a fundraising cycle ride to raise vital money for local fund, "Get Jed Mobile."[TRIMTO] Covering a gruelling 72 km cycling circuit, taking five hours to complete, the team raised more than £1,400 for the 'Get Jed Mobile' fund - a cause launched to help 10-year old Jed who is confined to...

UK construction: Activity growth at five-month high despite deteriorating housing sector

...up from 50.1 in September. The study showed that despite business confidence being at its lowest for nearly three years, the growth of new business is supporting a faster rise in output . Input price inflation has also picked up sharply. "UK construction output improved in October, as new orders recovered from September's modest decline," rep...

Leisure Sinks reaches new heights in Dorset

...o bedroom apartments and two, three and four bedroom houses, the Badbury Heights' development, Blandford Forum, Dorset, has eye catching exteriors that match the local architecture. Commenting on working with Leisure Sinks, Justin Purdy, commercial manager at Persimmon Homes, says: "The Euroline and the Aquaflow kitchen taps were specified by Pe...

Methven Tahi twin-lever tapware wins Design Award Gold Certificate

Methven is celebrating another award win after receiving a Gold Certificate for Product Innovation, for the second year running, at the Design Awards ceremony held recently at Lord's Cricket Ground. The certificate, awarded to the Methven Tahi twin-lever tapware, follows hot on the heels of a coveted red dot design award earlier in 2011 and accom...

Simon Bailey joins Lakes Bathrooms

...athrooms has announced the appointment of Simon Bailey as area sales manager, taking responsibility for the South East region of the UK. Coming from Novellini and bringing over 20 years' experience in the bathroom industry, Simon is an asset to the company's growing sales team.[TRIMTO] Simon joins Lakes Bathrooms to focus on an area that includ...

FIRA - CMA achieves renowned testing accreditation

...ditation to the International Standard ISO 17025 from the Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme for Physical and Mechanical Testing.[TRIMTO] FIRA-CMA now becomes HOKLAS accredited test laboratory number 209.This accreditation scheme is the equivalent to the ISO 17025 accreditation issued by the UK Accreditation Body (UKAS) and held by FIRA's...

NHBC Foundation publication showcases international comparisons of CO2 emissions

... is an international reference work encouraging objective comparisons between countries and a basis for collaboration on approaches and technologies. The 2011 Compendium includes fivenew countries - Brazil, India, Russia, Singapore and South Africa - and provides a graphical review of the approach to low and zero carbon housing across the globe,...

Kompact solution to single and double panel radiators from MHS

...e panels and top grilles as standard, all MHS Kompact radiators are manufactured using 1.20mm steel for their main construction. Each radiator is comprehensively pre-treated and then powder coat finished to RAL 9016 Traffic White. Fully factory tested, the range is suitable for use with operating pressures of up to 10bar as standard (max test: 13ba...

Kenmore introduces hybrid water softener and whole-home water filter

... "There are many ways your home's water quality can be improved whether it's the soft water used for cleaning and bathing or the high quality drinking water your family needs," says Michael Castleman, vice president, Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard. "The Kenmore brand is committed to ensuring clean water for all your common household needs. With ...

New design event to showcase cutting edge concepts and materials

The launch of the new design show 'W12 - Working with Design', will be an important national event for KBB designers , manufacturers and retailers alike. W12 Working with Design is already a fast booking event scheduled for October 2012 at the NEC. It will run alongside the well established W12 Working with Wood technology exhibition for the fu...

AMDEA celebrates the accomplishments of Uwe Hanneck

...ic Appliances held a lunch at the Riverside Room of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, for 50 members and industry colleagues to thank Uwe Hanneck of BSH, for his tireless efforts in serving the Association. Uwe was AMDEA Chairman for the past six years and has now retired, handing the baton to John Morrissey of Indesit.[TRIMTO] J...

Amica's Platinum collection joins the set of Hollyoaks

... hands several times and the current owners - Carl Costello (played by Paul Opacic), a self-assured former footballer and his wife, former glamour model Heidi (played by Kim Tiddy); along with their eldest son and aspiring footballer Riley, over-protected daughter Jasmine (now known as Jason) and Jasmine's twin brother Seth - first came to our scre...

Backstage battle over energy efficiency directive

...efficiency directive are being contested by member states, with Britain and the Netherlands pushing for some provisions to be deleted entirely, reports EurActiv .[TRIMTO] One headline figure in the original directive - a mandatory 3% annual public buildings renovation rate - has been earmarked for deletion in the latest EU draft, seen by EurAct...

Leader 4th November continued

...ptible the UK is to extreme weather, and the cost to business quickly runs into millions," says the Forum's Head of Campaigns, Jane Bennett. "When infrastructure grinds to a halt staff can't get in to work, and that's a body blow which hits small firms with fewer staff the hardest. "It worth remembering prevention is also better than cure - some...

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...autifully written press releases that inspire us to seek out new furniture, fittings and appliances for our homes and workplaces. I can recall in the early days, sending a snippet of eloquence across to John Austen, with a note saying something like, "I love this!" His reply that we were going to like this industry echoed my feelings and I have ...

News in Brief

....uk Whirlpool 's latest washing machine offers a new low temperature colours programme to care for your laundry colours even better than before T: 0208 649 5000 Steel has introduced a powerful six-zone induction hob to its range cookers - the Genesi G10FF-61. E mark.scott@steelcuisine.co.uk ...

Leisure Sinks' new Spa Filter tap offers ultimate convenience

Leisure Sinks has launched a new Spa Filter tap which offers homeowners ultimate convenience for food and drink preparation. The stylish dual lever tap has a three-way dispenser system to provide crystal clear filtered water, mains cold water and hot water - all in a competitively priced and high quality design.[TRIMTO] The Spa Filter tap help...

Latest ONS construction industry output figures released today

The Office for National Statistics has this morning issued its latest Statistical Bulletin on 'Output in the Construction Industry' in Great Britain. The bulletin reveals that:[TRIMTO] - The total volume of construction output in the third quarter of 2011 fell by 0.2% compared with the second quarter of 2011 - The total volume of constructi...

Atag launches 2012 range at annual House Show

Atag, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances, exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, launched its innovative new products for 2012 at its annual House Show.[TRIMTO] Held at the Atag headquarters in Duiven, the Netherlands, the theme for this year's House Show was 'Experience', inviting v...

CornerTape SiliconePro marks introduction of sealant to CORGIdirect

...recently-launched SiliconeKit bundles together a range of CornerTape products as a complete toolbox for the removal, preparation and replacement of silicone joints in bathrooms and kitchens and contains a Silicone Remover Tool for sensitive surfaces along with a Silicone & Grout Remover Tool, a Residue Remover Brush, four dedicated Preparation ...

Women cook better living with a partner

...ubconsciously adopt the role of a stereotypical housewife and 69% think that it's perfectly natural for women to want to cook for their partner. More than a third admit they like the idea of being a housewife and providing for their partner and family while a similar amount say they don't think their man would be able to take care of himself wit...

Birmingham tradesman fined over asbestos release

...ping a serious lung disease in years to come through no fault of his own. "It is against the law for anyone to remove asbestos insulating board without a licence. Mr Rogers should never have disturbed this material, and he left a significant amount of asbestos debris in the building. "It is fortunate that a licensed contractor alerted us to t...

New brochure and new collection from Lakes Bathrooms

...plimentary products such as shower trays, accessories and cabinets. The glossy guide provides also for the inclusive bathroom, with grab bars, rails, seats and a stylish selection of practical products to support the whole family. The new Coastline Collection is introduced in the brochure as 'the ultimate in sumptuous simplicity' and this is la...

Carron Phoenix broadens appeal of Sapphira sink range with classic white

... 1st along with a host of new sink and tap styles as part of the company's product update programme for 2011 and the new Sapphira in white augments Carron's choice of modern and traditional sink designs which includes the Bali, Shonelle and Solaris insets, Carlow undermounts and Belfast styles.[TRIMTO] The Sapphira 100 measures 1010 x 510mm and ...

New basins from VitrA's T4

...d at ISH 2011, VitrA is offering a stunning array of new basins that cover a wide scale of size and format options. The width range starts at 450mm and goes through 600mm, 700mm, 800mm, 900mm to 1300mm (which is a double basin). The 800mm is an asymmetrical basin. The distinctive and contemporary styles can be wall-hung with an optional towel...

AEG Neue Kollektion picks up nine iF Design Awards

...stigious design awards in the world. This year, Electrolux has won a total of nine of the iF awards for its AEG Neue Kollektion products. The winning appliances were selected by an international jury who sifted through 2,923 entries from 48 countries. The winning appliances were assessed on the level of innovation, functionality, quality and ecol...

FIRA leads the way on cutting carbon footprint of furniture industry

...and office products. The Furniture Footprinter software tool , which was specifically designed for the furniture industry and has been used for a number of years within the industry, was also utilised for this project. The Furniture Footprinter software tool enables furniture companies to calculate the carbon footprints of specific products, ...

NKBA Market Report : "Although optimism is faded, revenues continue to rise"

...onal Kitchen & Bath Association released the results of the US Kitchen & Bath Market Report for the third quarter, reflecting a rise in showroom traffic and an increase in kitchen remodels from one year ago. Although the number of bathroom remodels declined from the second quarter, results show a significant increase over the bathroom sales...

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...oyment has reached 2.62 million and the Governor of the Bank of England has again cut the UK growth forecast. The UK is not alone though as many countries - and particularly those in mainland Europe - are in a similar (and in some cases far worse) situation. Those of us who have jobs or run businesses should be doing all we can to ensure that ou...

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... Hansgrohe AG is now ranked Number 11 out of almost 2000 companies listed in the International Forum Design corporate rankings of good design. www.hansgrohe.com Here in rainy Britain, we know a thing or two about showers, so where could be better to manufacture industry-leading shower systems? asks British manufacturer Hudson Reed . T: 0...

TTA rescues industry standards

...the standards to protect consumers and trade users.[TRIMTO] The most important event of the year for ISO is the plenary meeting of the ISO Ceramics Committee. It is at this gathering of delegates to a worldwide event that major technical issues and the maintaining and planning of standards are discussed - this is vital to the health of the tile ...

LDL joins KBSA as corporate member

...L Components is one of the UK's leading nationwide distributors of quality fittings and accessories for the fitted furniture industry. In addition to the Head Office and the Sales Office based in Bath, LDL Components also has a Distribution and Logistics Centre in Glossop and a new Scottish office and showroom in Cumbernauld. Future plans include a...

Aquadi launch to retail customers hailed 'huge success'

Fitted furniture manufacturer Symphony, has formally launched its biggest ever investment in bathroom products to KBB retailers, with a series of customer events held at its 18,000 sq ft state-of-the-art marketing suite in Barnsley last month. The new bathroom collection won much praise from the 180 customers that attended the launch events in...

KitchenAid's new built-in Lab oven is packed with technology

...technology packed into its robust but stylish frame, this incredibly versatile model is a must-have for both professional chefs and keen cooks who love to experiment with food. KitchenAid's reputation as a premium manufacturer is clearly evident in the styling and the many features available. With a generous, 73-litre capacity, the Lab oven offe...

Karonia specified for sustainable development

... fitted by Accent Kitchens and feature a selection of worksurfaces from the Mistral range. Ideal for kitchens and bathrooms, Mistral is a 25mm thick, non-porous, solid surface that combines the look of natural quartz and stone with the practicality and unlimited creative potential of an acrylic-based material. The 25mm thick format of Mistral...

CME launches new sanitaryware catalogue

An new product catalogue is now available from CME, A Wirquin Group company, in an easy-reference format that will help customers to quickly and easily select products to meet their specific project requirements. The 120 page catalogue is divided into six sections to reflect CME's comprehensive product range including toilet seats, flushing, in...

Apprenticeships: Vince Cable guarantees quality, slashes red tape and delivers cash boost for firms

...p employers gain the skilled workers they need to grow.[TRIMTO] As part of the Government's plan for growth, Ministers are taking action to make it easier for companies to take on apprentices and ensure that the quality of apprenticeships is continually improved. He told businesses in London on Wednesday, that the Government would slash the red ...

Customers are shouting, but is anybody listening?

...CCA member organisations, shows that social media is widely seen by consumers as an effective means for people to discuss their experiences, good and bad, and compel organisations to take action. Almost half (46%) say they are likely to voice their dissatisfaction through social media. Further, approaching half (46%) of consumers agree that "social...

GDHA supports retailers' open evening

...ore than 200 customers attended the event at Barretts in Canterbury, and helped to raise £350 for the local branch of the NSPCC. Brian Turner, brand ambassador for cooking appliance brands Stoves and Belling, whipped up a three course feast during a live cooking demonstration - with customers able to sample seared scallops, English lamb, s...

Building Adhesives appoints new managing director

...unning both companies, to work to achieve operational synergies to strengthen both businesses going forward and continue to offer our customers the best products and highest levels of service," explains Mark Eslamlooy, CEO at the Ardex Group. "However, please note that nothing else changes and the two companies will still continue to operate as ...

Atag's 17-place setting dishwasher a perfect choice for festive season

Atag, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances, exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, has a 17-place setting dishwasher which is perfect for the season of festivities and entertaining. The VA9611TT fully integrated XXL dishwasher is capable of washing up to 17-place settings in its four s...

HGTVRemodels.com features planning guides as US consumers resume spending

...tion reporting a 42% increase in showroom visits and double-digit increases in remodel sales volume for kitchens (36%) and baths (85%) over one year ago, more homeowners will need the Kitchens and Baths planning guides on HGTVRemodels.com. In its quarterly Market Index Report released last week, the NKBA also found a 69% increase in revenue among k...

Leader

... of my tubs and baskets are still in flower! Of course when we're spoiled like this it's easy to forget that we actually need some unpleasant weather to kill off the nasty bugs that survive the season when it's mild and come back to annoy us in larger volumes and sizes as a result - and of course there are our water supplies to worry about too, ...

Lakes Bathrooms launches SMC low-cost shower tray range

...methodology in most of the bathroom market, yet well proven in other industries, SMC uses fibre reinforced polymers, moulded with heat and pressure. Quality is consistently high says Lakes Bathrooms and, thanks to the impregnated fibres, the resulting shower trays are strong and yet lightweight - every design weighing in at less than the 25kg one...

Alan Hughes joins the Carron Phoenix sales team

... Phoenix sales team. Replacing Gordon Mitchell, he has been appointed as the new Area Sales Manager for Scotland and Ireland and with responsibility for retailers and distributors in these regions.[TRIMTO] Formerly with CAD software company Planit 20:20, Alan has had many years' experience of dealing with the needs of retailers and an in-depth knowledge of the kitchen furniture market. He joined the company in early October. T: 01324 638 321 W: www.carron.com ...

Charming Couture from Uber

...rs can offer something really different. The Couture collection is stylish with handleless doors for a minimalist streamlined look. It is also versatile with nine different colours. For example, the Anthracite colour balances bold and stylish, yet warm and homely. Each couture kitchen is specially made to order and is hand finished in a silk lac...

Lighting - the Loox way

Hafele UK has launched its new modular LED lighting range for the furniture market, a fantastically simple plug-and-play LED lighting system for worldwide use. The Hafele engineered system is offered in 12V, 24V and 350mA, with each component colour coded to the correct system to ensure mix-ups do not occur as the driver selected can only be u...

Rayburn launches new electric model

...n Electric offers exceptionally efficient cooking at a competitive price. Plus, with no requirement for a flue, the new appliance allows greater flexibility in kitchen design and layout. The new model is available with a choice of the latest induction or ceramic hobs with square or dome hinged lids. By utilising two 2.3kW burners, the induction ...

Bushboard helps shape kitchens with new Omega curved laminate components

Bushboard has stepped smartly onto the emerging trend for curves in the kitchen with its range of brand new shaped worksurfaces and breakfast bars on its premium Omega laminate range. Newly launched as part of the range revamps in September, there is a choice of two readymade and pre-finished components that offers increased design flexibility...

The Zehnder Fina has the 'Plus X' Factor

..., 'High Quality', 'Design' and 'Functionality', the minimalist designer radiator sets the standard for intelligent and comfortable heating. Said to be the world's most prestigious innovation awards for technology, sport and lifestyle products, the Plus X Awards honour products that are both innovative and viable for the future, whilst also poss...

German manufacturer goes the extra mile

...acturer of wood based and synthetic products, which services the UK market via a sales office in Watford and a stock holding depot in Doncaster/Thorne. It prides itself on the great service it offers, but things are going to get even better... The company has now announced that it is enhancing the support given to its retailers using KBBConnect,...

Aqualux rides to the rescue with Channel 5's Cowboy Builders

Aqualux was delighted to be approached for the second time to supply an Organic Walk-In shower surround to the Channel Five television programme, Cowboy Builders, for use in a stylish refurbishment project. The show provides makeovers to families whose homes have been ruined due to the incompetency of unqualified or incapable builders.[TRIMTO] ...

Nolte joins EQ as supplier partner

... EQ Software's ever growing list of major industry supplier partners. The German brand, established for over 50 years, is looking to appoint quality kitchen dealerships throughout the UK and has chosen EQ as one of the main marketing channels to get this message out.[TRIMTO] Once seen as a simple quoting and ordering tool, the software company h...

Aquavision sets up new manufacturing and distribution facility

A pioneer in the design of waterproof and in-wall televisions (perfect for that pampered bathing experience!) Aquavision has made some major changes to its business.[TRIMTO] Aquavision Distribution has set up its own state-of-the-art manufacturing operation in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. The new company can now offer manufacturing, sales, wareh...

New K brochure 'To Love'

...brand strapline) launched last year, flows throughout the stylish brochure, which has been designed for maximum consumer appeal and inspiration.[TRIMTO] An essential merchandising tool to encourage sales, the 136-page brochure features a luxurious matt laminate cover, a range of new products, stunning new photography - illustrating the close-up ...

Whirlpool celebrates Centenary

... microwave! It's clearly a great place to work... Whirlpool UK also hosted a celebration lunch for the trade media and I was lucky to have been able to attend. Whenever I visit the showroom I'm always left staring open mouthed at the incredible range of appliances in their smart kitchen settings. The clever solutions available to make busy hou...

Leader

...tly because of motoring laws and the lack of visual evidence regarding the accident, it's difficult for a claim to be disputed and these criminals are finding that it's a lucrative business - hence its growth. As a result, everyone's insurance costs go up, which adds to the struggle both us as individuals and companies that are trying to stay afloa...

Zen inspired bathrooms to relax in for hours!

...ar hot water. Furniture Designer William Garvey has drawn inspiration from this style of bathing for his iconic Geo Bath and basin. Wooden baths or Ofuros are designed to stay warm for long periods and William Garvey's Geo bath has embraced these ideals within its striking teak design. "When we think of relaxing spas or bathrooms within luxur...

Insurance company pays for VEDR cameras in company fleet

...company was so impressed with the product and its ability to reduce false claims costs that it paid for the cameras.[TRIMTO] With a fleet of 14 HGV lorries ranging from 7.5 tonnes to 38 tonnes, delivering daily across the UK, Mereway Kitchens and Bathrooms has grown to become one of the largest rigid kitchen manufacturers in the UK. The compa...

Refin creates Kaos!

Luca Nichetto has created Kaos, a new range of ceramic tiles for Refin. Kaos is part of the groundbreaking DesignTaleStudio project that pioneers the use of the aesthetic and technical potential of ceramic tiles for Refin, Italy's renowned tile manufacturer, which is now launching officially in the UK. As the name suggests, Kaos is designed to...

Hansgrohe AG recognised as being amongst world's top in design

Hansgrohe AG received its first prize for design in 1974. In the years that followed, several hundred awards have been added, so it's no surprise that since the introduction of the 'International Forum Design' (iF) corporate rankings in 2008, the German bathroom specialist has occupied a top position in this hit list of good design. This year ...

New Desire Duo with twin levers complements the top selling Desire tap style.

...ines in the tap body and a spout which pivots through 180 degrees. In response to customer feedback for a two lever model, the company has now expanded the range with the launch of Desire Duo which combines exactly the same design lines with the easy-operation benefit of two separate slim paddle levers for hot and cold water. Says Neil Clark, sa...

Better information about lorry parking provision

It was good news this week for the many drivers from overseas, whose job it is to deliver KBB products and equipment into the UK, with a comprehensive report on the availability and use of lorry parking facilities in England published by Roads Minister Mike Penning.[TRIMTO] The study reviewed lorry parking facilities, including their capacity a...

Indesit Company raises record amount for Children in Need

...eed telethon at their contact centre in Peterborough.[TRIMTO] The team included Service Director for the UK Marco Bellinzona, Contact Centre Director Steve Hodgson and Repairs and Repair Protection Market Manager Paul Lewis. "It was a great evening, the British public are incredibly generous and it is so humbling to be part of such a fantasti...

Quick and easy sealant system now available at Tile Choice

...f ceramic, porcelain and natural stone tiles, grouts, adhesives, tools and accessories. Suitable for use on baths, basins, showers, tiles, worktops and other surfaces, the system offers both trade and DIY customers of Tile Choice with a choice of silicone remover tools and a brush to quickly and easily remove old sealants; specialist preparation...

Euroline becomes multi-award winning

...ack tie ceremony in Colchester's Charter Hall last week, Euroline took home no less than two awards for 'Growing Business of the Year' and 'Excellence in Marketing'. Fiona Scott, Brand Manager at Euroline, also made it as a finalist in 'Outstanding Employee of the Year'. Holly Smart, Euroline's PR and Communications Manager, enthuses: "We are a...

Electrolux Design Lab announces 2012 theme: Design Experience

...al annual design competition inviting students and recent graduates of industrial design to compete for a six-month paid internship and prize money by submitting ideas that develop the sensory experience of home appliances. This year the jury will also take special note of the aesthetic qualities of the concept and the way textures and surface mate...

Apollo Blinds debuts its new made-to-measure Roman blind collection for Spring 2012.

...ch launches in Spring, includes some inspired designs. Marine tones of aqua and teal are perfect for bathrooms. This bright aqua twig-inspired 'Rocco' design will freshen up your bathroom and take you through the seasons - from Spring right through to Winter. Roman blinds can make homes more energy-efficient with fully lined fabrics that help...

Carron Phoenix's Carlow combines classic appeal with popular sink sizing

...0 ceramic sink draws together three key design threads in one single model, giving it a lot of bang for its bucks. As a one and a half bowl sink that fits a 600mm cabinet, it offers the most popular sink option; the premium ceramic material works superbly with the current fashion trend for traditional furniture styles and as an undermount sink it ...

Bohle presents exciting new glass surface protection product

There are many different surface protection products for glass and glazed ceramics available in the market, offering various degrees of protection. In reality, not all live up to the durable protective effect they promise. Moreover, application is often complicated and care problematical. With its new BriteGuard surface protection system, Manches...

Symphony pledges support for retailers with New Year deal

...s will also be sold at standard assembled prices, while assembled cabinets will be offered at ready-for-assembly prices, and 33% will be wiped off worktops - marking a clear advantage for customers. "We have invested heavily to grow the retail side of our business, and this will continue in earnest next year," reveals Simon Collyns, marketing di...

UK mums dream of a white goods Christmas!

...e dishwashers and even refrigerators so high on the list of Christmas products people are searching for with us. "One of our live support staff even mentioned someone had said they'd had a nightmare about the Christmas washing up, so looked up a dishwasher and snapped one up! She really must have been dreaming of a white Christmas!" The websi...

News in Brief

Congratulations to County Antrim's Uform , for scooping 'Best Supplier Showroom 2011' accolate at the annual Ireland Kitchen Trade Guide Awards. E: vbell@uform.co.uk Blanco 's latest figures indicate that UK homeowners are choosing black sinks and taps over neutrals. T: 0844 912 0100 Tuff Form is a new, easy to instal, full level access showering solution from AKW . T:01905 823298 Register now for free entry to Ecobuild (London, 20th - 22nd March, 2012). www.ecobuild.co.uk ...

IDS expands UK coverage with brand new showroom and warehouse at Norwich

...company's largest showrooms in the UK (it's located on Arms Park Road, Union Park, Norwich and the former site at Eversley Road has been closed). IDS has had a showroom presence in the Norwich area for six years, servicing a varied customer base in the Norfolk area. Strong business growth, coupled with an expanding customer base and product por...

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Welcome to the KBzine The Government White Paper, 'Water for Life', released this week, recognises that water is one of our most valuable resources and calls on everyone to treat it as such. It advocates such steps as installing water butts in gardens to collect rainwater, converting toilets to dual flush and addressin...

Ellis Furniture celebrates new business gains

...tor, Peter Elson, explains: "By choosing Ellis Furniture, retailers are demonstrating their support for British manufacturing, which provides them with the reassurance of short lead times and a responsive approach to all areas of their business. "On top of this, our financial stability has also been a deciding factor, as it gives the retailer co...

Give your shower a splash of power!

...g its new Boost shower packs, offering consumers a powerful, reliable shower designed to enhance performance in homes with low pressure systems. Innovative and practical, the shower valve boosts water flow in low pressure areas, giving a much higher flow rate than an electric shower. The result is excellent showering performance in a sleek pack...

Design takes centre stage in Government's drive for innovation and growth

Design is to play a central role in the Government's new Innovation & Research Strategy for Growth - unveiled recently by the Department of Business Innovation & Skills.[TRIMTO] Design is written into each of the five key areas of the new strategy, including central roles in commercialising science & technology, supporting business ...

SOAPBOX

... Association's Chief Executive Yvonne Orgill, responds to Thursday's Government White Paper, 'Water for Life' The Government has made it clear in today's paper that the bathroom industry must now take immediate steps to help educate consumers and explain the necessity in choosing the most water efficient bathroom fittings.[TRIMTO] On behalf ...

Three new retailers join KBSA

...had a new customer come to the showroom having found us via the KBSA website," he reveals. "We put forward a design and the deal was done within three days. The customer currently lives in Australia and was only back in the UK for a short time and has secured her new kitchen with us before flying back to Australia." Bank Interiors offers luxur...

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...redibly relieved at David Cameron's decision this week, to put the brakes on further EU integration for us. It's not that we're anti-European; we just hate the enormous sums of money those involved in running the EU seem happy to fritter away - the 'travelling circus' between Brussels and Strasbourg being just one of many examples I can give. &n...

News in Brief

...designs, Amtico 's Spacia flooring replicates these natural products yet has the durability and performance of vinyl. T: +44 (0) 121 745 0800 Rangemaster 's new aRANGEit software will help customers visualise how their choice of range cooker would work within their planned kitchen scheme. www.rangemaster.co.uk/virtualkitchens.aspx   ...

KMT becomes exclusive distributor for Lakes Bathrooms

...alist, Lakes Bathrooms, has announced the appointment of KMT Wholesale as the exclusive distributor for its products in Eire. KMT now stocks a complete range of Lakes Bathrooms' showers, including the new Coastline Collection, launched earlier this year.[TRIMTO] KMT serves merchants and retailers supplying the bathroom and kitchen market in Eir...

Soapbox: The demand is there but the will to invest is not

...irector of Hoover Candy, shares his views on the pent-up consumer. He argues that the will and need for consumers to invest in new kitchens is there but unless the industry can make it comfortable to pay for their investment, they will remain 'pent -up'. "Mintel's recent report tells us that 15% of respondents advised that they would like to ref...

100% British product launches in kitchen worktop market

...d solid surface materials to both commercial and domestic markets, has created a brand new solution for aspirational consumers, planning to revitalize their kitchen but operating on a strict budget. Surfstone, which is manufactured from Rearo's facility in Glasgow, is the last word in affordable luxury in kitchen worktops. The product has been d...

New project will give boost to manufacturing

A new Foresight project investigating the future of manufacturing out to 2050 was launched this week by Business Secretary Vince Cable. The two-year project will call on industry and academic expertise from the UK and abroad to look at the long-term picture for the manufacturing sector, investigating global trends and drivers of change. It will...

Deca 100 single bowl sink has a matching drainer tray for flushmount-like looks

...anite. There are five sink models in the Deca range offering across the board design flexibility for this popular boxy style. There is the single bowl Deca 100, the larger single bowl Deca 105, the Deca 150 one and half bowl, together with the Deca 50 half bowl and Deca Belfast, both of which were launched as part of the Summer 2011 update. T...

Water Calculator - continued success

...ojects are regularly being saved to the secure database. The calculator automatically accesses information from WEPLS - The Water Label - and users are being provided with live information from its 1500+ registered products. New users can now access extra help to get started. The Water Calculator Guide is a comprehensive set of instruction...

Is this Britain's oldest working fridge?

...958 Electrolux L460. This new find, the Electrolux L380, was made in England between 1934-1941 - before or around the start of WWII! The manufacturer believes it to be the oldest working fridge in the UK. Michelle Bates, Customer Care Manager at Electrolux says: "We were so excited to hear about the fridge, it really is amazing that any applian...

Designer predicts bathroom trends for 2012

... fast approaches, Ideal Standard International designer Robin Levien gives his bathroom predictions for next year: Vintage 2012 We are living through uncertain times once again and this creates insecurity. This insecurity translates into nostalgia for a supposedly better time. This time is usually the 'vintage era' of the mid-20th century and...

Leading organisations unite to demand Government tackles late payment

...g those representing UK-based suppliers, have written to the Business Minister, Mark Prisk, to call for a plan of action to address late payment, which decimates small firms' cash flow. The group, which is supporting the Government's new 'Finance Fitness' campaign, believes that any plan to encourage better payment practices should include the f...

Quebec Oak worksurface from Bushboard works trend for organic harmony

...bly. Printed in high quality definition, the design reinterprets the time-honoured appeal of oak for the modern day and features a subtle washed effect that enhances the graining. The visual and aesthetic appeal is further heightened by ultramatt texture which gives the surface a low-reflective quality and is warm to the touch, akin to newly san...

Mayor unveils strategy to deliver thousands of new homes and jobs for London

There was great news for the KBB industry this week, when the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, unveiled ambitious plans to deliver 55,000 new affordable homes by 2015 with the potential to create over 100,000 jobs over the next four years. Speaking at the National Housing Federation, the Mayor set out the details of his revised housing strategy...

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Welcome to the KBzine Welcome to the first issue of KBzine for 2012 and a Happy New Year to all of you. We've had a slightly longer break than normal and a great deal has happened in the world in that time - much of it not good - so rather than reflect on it, let's get on with the news from the industry. There are some...

News in Brief

...f hob. T: 0800 988 1266 Congratulations to Holloways of Ludlow 's Robert Burnett is shortlisted for the 'Kitchen Designer' category at the 2012 Homes & Gardens Designer Awards. T: 0208 487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ide...

Lakes Bathrooms moves to new premises

Continued growth for shower specialist Lakes Bathrooms has seen the company relocate to new, significantly larger premises. The move doubles the space to a total 60,000 square feet and consolidates its four existing Gloucestershire sites into one much larger head quarters. Still based at Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, Lakes Bathrooms is now ad...

Duke of Gloucester meets Ellis Furniture apprentice

...s only specialist construction college. Whilst on official engagements in Yorkshire, The Duke, a former architect who now represents The Queen at royal engagements, requested a visit to the college after learning of numerous national and international accolades the students have secured. With a long standing interest in construction and a fir...

FilterFlow Taps from Franke come in five styles

...r filtered variations via three levers. The system is protected by a robust stainless steel housing for reassuring durability. The Kubus tap features a squared U spout while the Olympus and Doric have curved J spouts. The Corinthian tap, meanwhile, combines modern sophistication and traditional style; the curved J spout is complemented by white...

Whirlpool's fridges add healthy trade-up opportunity for retailers

...nnot survive to cause a harmful build up of bacteria, which means Whirlpool's fridges stay hygienic for longer, offering the enterprising retailer a valuable sales tool. Recent research by Microban found the salad drawer is the most dangerous place in the fridge, with almost 8,000 bacteria per square centimetre. Whirlpool's fridges, with the hel...

Furniture retail quality group publishes Flammability Best Practice Guide

... Furniture Industry Research Association has announced the publication of a new best practice guide for flammability testing of upholstery on behalf of the Furniture Retail Quality Group, the technical committee representing all major UK furniture retailers. The new guide - FIRA-FRQG F001: 2011 - has been developed by FRQG to fulfil four major f...

NKBA elects 2012 president & executive committee

The US National Kitchen & Bath Association has announced the election results for the 2012 NKBA Executive Committee, which will be led by 2012 President Alan W. Zielinski, CKD of Niles, IL. John K. Morgan of Glyndon, MD will serve as President-Elect, while John A. Petrie, CMKBD of Mechanicsburg, PA becomes Vice President. Carolyn F. Cheeth...

A slice of success for Mereway!

...throoms manufacturer Mereway, proud still to be a family owned business after 25 years, and looking forward to a busy and successful 2012. As part of the celebrations, the 220 strong workforce shared a specially baked kitchen-shaped cake to mark this special event in the company's history. "At the heart of our success is the commitment of our...

Hafele welcomes new product manager

...nagement team, Hafele UK has appointed Tracy Bird-Hempstock as the new Product Manager, responsible for decorative handles, splashbacks, worktops, frontals and shelving. Bringing with her 18 years of industry knowledge, Tracy will play a key role in the development and introduction of new products as well as support Area Sales Managers and Custo...

BMA announces dates of 2012 conference

...this year's Bathroom Conference will take place on 9th Otober at the Crowne Plaza, Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire. "Don't miss this year's event which promises to be an early sell out," warns Yvonne Orgill, Chief Executive of the BMA. "Make a note in your diary!" T: 01782 747123 E: info@bathroom-association.org.uk W: www.bathroom-association.org ...

Amica launches brand new built-in catalogue

...alised line-up of built-in ovens, hobs, hoods, microwaves, dishwashers and refrigeration appliances for the UK and Ireland in 2012. Amica's brand new built-in catalogue bucks the A4 trend at a user-friendly 18 x 18cm and contains stand-out high-gloss product imagery as well as specifications, dimensions and feature explanations; all packed into ...

Deva Lace and Adore with Enviro-Klick help reduce water consumption

...xer which can be used with or without Enviro-Klick; and, a mini mono basin mixer to meet the demand for smaller designs suitable for cloakrooms and en-suites. The standard and mini mono basin mixers feature tilt and turn temperature and flow control. Each of the Lace and Adore ranges boasts a deck mounted bath shower mixer with a smart handset; ...

PJH Group announces major new distributor partnership with Franke

...on to distribute and stock the complete Franke range of kitchen sinks, taps and hoods is great news for both PJH and Franke customers," says James Calverley, Director of Kitchen Category, PJH Group, said. "The combination of the quality and state-of-the-art design properties of the Franke brand with PJH's leading expertise in service and deliverabi...

Trading tough at Topps but plans to expand continue

...ing conditions remained tough throughout our first quarter," he said. "Against this backdrop, like for like revenues across the first 13 weeks of the financial year decreased by 4.2%. In the context of the previously reported 6.9% like for like decline during the first seven weeks of this period we are assured by our performance over the quarter ...

News in Brief

...f hob. T: 0800 988 1266 Congratulations to Holloways of Ludlow 's Robert Burnett is shortlisted for the 'Kitchen Designer' category at the 2012 Homes & Gardens Designer Awards. T: 0208 487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ide...

leader 20th Jan 2012 continued

...n local amenity tips throughout the UK, which would have been loved and valued by those who can't afford to buy them new. And then I thought of how many of these items were also being so thoughtlessly discarded throughout the civilised world. Civilised? Well... when you consider that huge parts of the world are wanting, and parts of it seem to h...

Belling announces centenary plans for 2012

...unveil the Centenary Collection - a suite of specially designed products, plus a calendar of events for retailers, customers and employees. With the help of Belling employees and Facebook fans a Charity of the Year will also be selected, to be supported by 12 months of fundraising activity. To commemorate its centenary, Belling has developed a s...

Soapbox: Graham Ball discusses National Training Group

...the role of the NTG in today's KBB markets, so let me give them some relevant facts. The NTG was formed in 2004 with the objective of becoming the conduit for relevant training opportunities for people in the KBB sectors. Before that there was simply nothing specifically for our sector, as all other national training opportunities were focuss...

Glimmers of hope for remodelling in the US in 2012

...Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released this week by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. If this momentum continues to build during the second half of the year, remodelling activity is on course to end 2012 on a positive note. "We're beginning to see some hopeful signs in the economy, and th...

Gender differences using technology highlighted by survey

...mart phone, research revealed this month. A study of 2,000 adults found while most blokes can comfortably 'drive' a string of household electrical gadgets a few of them regularly prove to be a step too far. A quarter of men admitted they had no idea how to use their washing machine and a similar number were clueless when it came to using th...

KitchenAid introduces downdraft hood

...ments in the kitchen, so the choices in style and methods of extraction have increased accordingly. For those who want to create the maximum amount of space, the discreet downdraft hood is the perfect choice. Rather than sitting above the hob, the KitchenAid retractable KCDD 9010 downdraft hood is installed behind it. Suitable for any kind of ho...

Ellis Furniture creates wow factor with the Cube with chrome bracket

Striking, cutting edge design in the form of Cube, is the latest addition to the modular bathroom furniture range from Ellis Furniture. Cube oozes style and precision, creating a powerful focal point in the bathroom. The Cube range features a broad, 600mm single drawer unit, and a very cleverly designed chrome bracket, which can be configured ...

MX DuraStone shower trays - leading the way in shower tray technology

...re. At 60% lighter than a traditional stone resin tray, DuraStone complies with the HSE regulations for a one-man lift. Manufactured to BS EN14527:2006, these trays are made using WRAS approved Phthalate free materials. A variety of different shapes and sizes in both flat top and upstand options are available within the range. These trays could...

We have mail: training dates

Hi Jan, I am pleased to confirm the following dates and venues for my Sales and Customer care courses Jan-April 2012. I do hope that companies will send their delegates along to these courses as the benefit will be increased profitable sales for their organisations. Over the last five years, I have trained over 770 KBB delegates on my course...

FIRA and The Furniture Ombudsman visited by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers

...ar, The Furniture Industry Research Association and The Furniture Ombudsman were visited by Hugh Garforth-Bles and Charles Kerrigan, Master and Clerk of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers. The visitors met with FIRA Chief Operating Officer and WCFM Liveryman Jonny Westbrooke, as well as Kevin Grix, Head of The Furniture Ombudsman and WCF...

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...minantly constructed prior to 1920 and these currently make up 15% of UK homes but actually account for 23% of total notional C02 emissions. Delegates at yesterday's Retrofit 2012 conference, heard that while solutions to finance (through the Government's imminent Green Deal) and technology (though a plethora of innovations to make households mo...

News in Brief

...f hob. T: 0800 988 1266 Congratulations to Holloways of Ludlow 's Robert Burnett is shortlisted for the 'Kitchen Designer' category at the 2012 Homes & Gardens Designer Awards. T: 0208 487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ide...

Anna Ryder Richardson and Gerd Bulthaup to speak at kbb Birmingham

The seminar programme for kbb Birmingham 2012 has been announced and it promises to equip visitors with the inspiration and knowledge for the year ahead, discussing the key issues facing the sector.[TRIMTO] Anna Ryder Richardson has been announced as one of the keynote speakers of this year's programme. As one of the country's best loved inter...

Insinkerator UK tops leaderboard!

...rer and inventor of food waste disposers - has been awarded the '2011 Emerson business leader award for outstanding performance in 2010/11'. The award comes after the UK business unit not only outperformed many other Emerson European companies but also the wider market in general, with significant sales increases of 50% over the last two years. ...

Mereway and EQ Software launches Trend Interiors into Virtual Reality

...ns, is to be unveiled at kbb Birmingham.[TRIMTO] The new Trend Interiors range has been designed for those aspiring to the 'look' in terms of quality and style, but with an affordable price tag, opening up a new potential customer base for Mereway and for its specialist retailer network.[TRIMTO] However, according to sales & marketing dir...

Retrofit 2012 conference finds that policymakers have yet to engage with human behaviour

The University of Salford Retrofit 2012 conference concluded yesterday with a detailed focus on the challenges of the large-scale behaviour change needed in the UK if the Government is to achieve its carbon reduction targets.[TRIMTO] 350 delegates attended the second annual conference - the only major conference on reducing fuel poverty and mak...

Ultima Furniture Systems takes over Matchmaker Kitchens

....[TRIMTO] Family run business Ultima has been producing high quality glued and dowelled cabinets for almost 30 years and has acquired the rights to manufacture and supply the Matchmaker kitchen range. Ultima is keen to ensure continuity of the brand for customers and will be working closely with the frontal manufacturers, to seamlessly contin...

Shaws of Darwen launches new tap range: 'Shaws by Perrin & Rowe'

Shaws of Darwen, the renowned producer of luxury fireclay kitchen sinks since 1897, has formed a mutual partnership with English tap manufacturer, Perrin & Rowe, to produce what is heralded as the world's best, exclusive brassware range, handcrafted in England. Products from both companies are sold side by side and more often than not, ins...

Showerwall unveils major design update to its waterproof wallpanels

...rtnering the with Essentials Bathroom range, the 90sqm stand will be resplendent with stylish ideas for bathroom retailers. There are nine new colours, boosting the range's design palette to 33 laminates overall. The new colours respond to the ongoing popularity with consumers for natural materials in stone, marble and metallics which balance up...

Vado donates money to WaterAid

Top brassware manufacturer Vado has donated £1000 to WaterAid. The charity aims to transform lives by improving access to safe drinking water in some of the world's poorest communities. For the last few years, like many other companies, Vado has decided against sending Christmas cards to customers, staff and suppliers and instead donated ...

Symphony 'Inspire' kitchen product supplier for TV advertising

...rniture manufacturer, Symphony, has opened up the doors of its new state-of-the-art marketing suite for kitchen product supplier OXO to film a national TV advert. When the American based company needed an inspirational kitchen space to shoot its new TV advertising campaign, Symphony's 20,000 sq ft purpose-built facility, known as 'Inspire by Sym...

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... released show that the majority of accidents caused this time of year are by drivers setting off before they've cleared their windscreens, mirrors etc, properly. That's not something I'm generally guilty of but I almost came a cropper this week when I drove off one evening with just a little wet on my windscreen, which didn't cause a problem on...

SBID offers honorary membership to kbbreview award finalists

...lists in the design categories of the kbbreview Awards the opportunity to become an honorary member for a year, usually worth more than £300.[TRIMTO] The finalists will reap the benefits of being a member, including international accreditation, business mentoring, guidance on health & safety legislation, invitations to regional events ...

News in Brief

...f hob. T: 0800 988 1266 Congratulations to Holloways of Ludlow 's Robert Burnett is shortlisted for the 'Kitchen Designer' category at the 2012 Homes & Gardens Designer Awards. T: 0208 487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ide...

Carron Phoenix has lots of surprises in store

... raft of exciting new sinks, taps, waste disposers and cooker hoods, continuing the company's drive for a comprehensive portfolio based on the principles of affordably good design and long-lasting quality. In addition to the new launches, the company will showcase all of the products launched in Summer 2011, further underlining the depth and breadt...

Pronorm shows off new products

... two stand-out kitchen sets emphasising just how far Pronorm has reinvented itself as a go-to brand for retailers to be involved with over the last two years. On show will be the company's signature Y Line handle-less kitchen, together with a high-end lacquered kitchen showing the new curved options. T: 07801 862691 E: jason.grinton@pronormde.c...

Bushboard : 'Sensational surfaces for kitchens and bathrooms'

KBB 2012: Stand M90, Hall 18 'Sensational surfaces for kitchens and bathrooms', is the new corporate strapline being displayed loud and proud by Bushboard on a stand which will be packed with yet more innovative and design-oriented new products for retailers and designers from the Encore solid surface, Omega and Prima laminate and Nuance ba...

160-year old kitchenwares firm goes for high-tech inventory management tool

A multi award-winning kitchen, dining and housewares supplier with a 160-year history has opted for a high-tech solution to boost already impressive availability targets.[TRIMTO] Kitchen Craft supplies more than 3,000 lines including cookware, state-of-the-art cutlery and kitchen tools and gadgets through specialist homeware and kitchen stores,...

Queen's Diamond Jubilee: 60 years of Britain at work

...no increase in the total number of hours worked each week. The UK has thus undergone a process of informal 'work-sharing' since the 1950s with a fall of 10 hours in the length of the average working week. In the 1950s only 4% of people worked part time; 60 years later the proportion is 1 in 4 (6.5 million employees).[TRIMTO] * The value of outpu...

New Abode for talented young technical designer

...ionate about design. He is already using his technical skills in designing new futuristic products for Abode, so watch this space! Since leaving the University of Huddersfield Mark has worked for an international company designing and developing well-known toys plus a specialist company designing and manufacturing playground equipment. Mark'...

FIRA dramatically reduces its carbon footprint by working with Recycling Furniture

... strength, safety, stability, durability and flammability," explains Paul Soley, Operations Manager for FIRA Testing Services. "This makes them dangerous for future use, meaning in the past FIRA had no choice but to dispose of them if they were not collected by the manufacturer." FIRA is acknowledged globally as a leading authority on furniture ...

Vado announces 2012 catalogue collection

In preparation for what is set to be another busy year for brassware manufacturer Vado, the company has produced a range of 2012 catalogues tailored to the specific requirements of its customers, namely: Vado Catalogue; contains the company's complete portfolio of taps, showers and accessories. The 2012 edition features five complete new produ...

Pseudomonas - we need more facts

...rom the investigators. The worst thing we can do is jump to conclusions and respond without more information.[TRIMTO] Meanwhile a greater understanding of pseudomonas would be helpful. We know that it is a tough strain of bacteria which can survive in harsh environments. And we know that it is found widely in damp conditions and stagnant water....

Franke appoints Annie for first class aftersales service

...gned to teach all types of computer programming. David Houghton, Commercial & Sales Director for Franke, says: "We are sure that Annie is a very important contact for our customer base as she has a very enthusiastic approach and bubbly personality." Franke is one of the world's leading kitchen sink and tap manufacturers and is renowned fo...

Ellis Furniture launches the Brompton Natural Oak kitchen

...units, the result is a stylish, on trend kitchen space. With 'Tangerine Tango' dubbed the colour for 2012 by the Pantone Colour Institute, this winning kitchen combination is sure to top the popularity stakes and make a stunning statement in many homes. Not only does this kitchen offer up to the minute striking styling, a host of versatile cabin...

KBSA announces new corporate member

...rope`s largest kitchen furniture suppliers. The company, which offers premium, design led, but affordable kitchen furniture, has supplied the UK market since 1985, operating via a three-tier dealership structure. Incidentally, one of its dealers, The Keller Kitchen Centre in Altrincham, has also recently become a member of the KBSA, on a retail ...

World record-breaking paralympic athlete champions independent living opportunity

If anyone is an inspirational role model for illustrating the rewards in overcoming a disability, it's Jon-Allan Butterworth. The 25-year-old is considered one of the country's brightest hopefuls for the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the cycling category, having already broken numerous British and world records. The athlete has teamed up with i...

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Welcome to the KBzine   John and I have been producing an e-zine for the cleaning industry for 10 years now. It was part of the same stable from which KBZine was launched by Richard & Debbie Schwarz and I have to confess that I always felt I'd drawn the short straw - particularly when it came to exhibitions. ...

Lakes Bathrooms moves to new premises

Continued growth for shower specialist Lakes Bathrooms has seen the company relocate to new, significantly larger premises. The move doubles the space to a total 60,000 square feet and consolidates its four existing Gloucestershire sites into one much larger head quarters.[TRIMTO] Still based at Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, Lakes Bathrooms ...

News in Brief

...f hob. T: 0800 988 1266 Congratulations to Holloways of Ludlow 's Robert Burnett is shortlisted for the 'Kitchen Designer' category at the 2012 Homes & Gardens Designer Awards. T: 0208 487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ide...

Whirlpool induction hob is super fast and stylish

... of induction cooking. Our induction hobs have already proved incredibly popular with our customers for their flexibility and chic aesthetics." Key features and benefits of the Whirlpool ACM 775 Induction Hob: - 77cm frameless touch control induction hob - Extra-wide elongated style, ergonomically designed elimating the need to stretch to the...

Richard Willetts Joins EQ Sales Team

...growth and expansion in the UK, EQ Software has appointed Richard Willetts as Area Business Manager for the second time.[TRIMTO] Richard has been in the industry for over 35 years spending the early part of his career in kitchen retail, before joining Mereway in 1995 as Area Sales Manager. He first worked for EQ (then Easyquote) in 2001 before mo...

Karonia to showcase extended Mistral range

... unveiling its significantly extended range. On display will be a number of exciting new colourways for the versatile enhanced acrylic worksurface.[TRIMTO] Launched at KBB 2010, MISTRAL combines the popular look of natural quartz and stone with the practicality and unlimited creative potential of an acrylic-based material. The worktops are compl...

Roman adds Ultra Care pre-coating glass protection

...number of ways and has been using Roman Ultra Care in a bottle, which won the House Beautiful award for best cleaning product back in 2009. Roman believes Ultra Care is the most durable system on the market as it can be maintained and topped up on an ongoing basis by the consumer. The shower manufacturer has now taken this glass protection ...

HiB master bathroom ventilation new for 2012

New for 2012 from bathroom specialist HiB, is a range of ceiling and wall mounted bathroom extraction fans. As with all HiB products, these new additions to the portfolio have been introduced to offer superior quality, performance and aesthetic value. Bathroom extraction is extremely important as steam and the resulting condensation can accumu...

Enterprises must boost innovation as global competition becomes stronger

Almost all EU Member States have improved their innovation performance according to the Innovation Union Scoreboard 2011 released on Tuesday by the European Commission in Brussels. However, innovation performance growth is slowing down and the EU is not closing the persistent gap with global innovation leaders US, Japan and South Korea. The large...

LDL plans colourful presence

...ing features of LDL's stand. The popular nationwide distributor of quality fittings and accessories for the fitted furniture industry will be showcasing a whole range of new products, including the stunning Wesco household range of freestanding kitchen and bathrooms bins in bold fashion colours and an exciting new lighting collection.[TRIMTO] Th...

NKBA report shows high optimism for start of 2012

The US National Kitchen & Bath Association has released the Kitchen & Bath Market Report for the fourth quarter. Although results convey a slight drop-off from third quarter in number of remodels and budgets, showroom visits held steady from a year ago and with marked increases from 2009 and 2010, optimism for the first quarter of 2012 rem...

'Get a new handle on it!' suggests Hafele

...g high-end with streamlined designs. * Sleek & Simple - Presenting understated, clean-cut and affordable selections. * Modern Classics - A classic country style which includes Hafele's exclusive branded pewter range, Lamont. * Urban - Containing individually selected materials such as wood, glass, acrylic and plastic. * Vintage - Featuring avan...

Sustainable products and installation materials can earn 'green' NSF International certification

...onal, an independent global organisation that writes public health standards and certifies products for food, water and consumer goods, now offers Green Squared Certification for sustainable ceramic tiles, glass tiles and installation materials.[TRIMTO] Developed by the Tile Council of North America, Green Squared certification provides accurate...

Drive away those chills with portable heating!

Not just for those that haven't been able to get into work over the past couple of weeks but also for those that regularly work from home, Dimplex offers a stylish and energy efficient selection of portable heaters. These can provide a powerful source of warmth directly where it is required, without the need to heat the whole house.[TRIMTO] As...

New EU Textile Regulations

...hich should make it easier and quicker to cope with technical innovation in the future. The process for applying for, approval of, and adoption of a new fibre name has been simplified and so will hopefully speed up the process.  The requirements for labelling of textiles are largely similar to current legislation but with an additional requ...

Government urged to boost credibility of apprenticeship schemes

The Forum of Private Business has urged the Government to simplify the entire apprenticeship system to make it more business-friendly and appealing to industry leaders.[TRIMTO] Marking National Apprenticeship Week (6th - 10th February), the business support organisation made its submission to the Business, Innovation & Skills Select Committ...

KBB preview

Anna Ryder Richardson and Gerd Bulthaup to speak at kbb Birmingham The seminar programme for kbb Birmingham 2012 has been announced and it promises to equip visitors with the inspiration and knowledge for the year ahead, discussing the key issues facing the sector. Anna Ryder Richardson has been announced as one of the keynote speakers ...

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...on they deserve and a pride in what they do - I was surprised to learn this week that there isn't a formal qualification in the domestic refrigeration market! Surely a nationally recognised qualification route for this group of engineers is vital from both a commercial perspective and from one of safety and environment.  Manufacturers wi...

News in Brief

...f hob. T: 0800 988 1266 Congratulations to Holloways of Ludlow 's Robert Burnett is shortlisted for the 'Kitchen Designer' category at the 2012 Homes & Gardens Designer Awards. T: 0208 487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ide...

Roca unveils its new products for 2012

...Roca's stand at this year's KBB is dedicated to showcasing its fantastic collection of new products for 2012. Sanitaryware with complementary furniture is a key theme with the launch of the Dama-N and Victoria-N collections. Furthermore, there is a clever concept for cloakrooms or small bathrooms called Mini, a luxury whirlpool bath, plus two inno...

Get a hold of this...

... combines high-end with stream lined designs. - Sleek & Simple - Understated clean-cut and affordable, this range hosts a manner of interesting bar, bow and boss handles. - Modern Classics - A classic country style which includes Hafele's branded pewter collection, Lamont. - Urban - Individually selected materials such as Wood, Acrylic...

KBB Birmingham conference update:

... usage of kitchens at 11.00 on 5th March at kbb 2012, at Birmingham's NEC. The FIRA funded study for Blum has looked into how real-life kitchens are used and the impact this has on the design, manufacture and installation of furniture fittings. The study is the outcome of a Design & Innovation competition held to celebrate 60 years since ...

NKBA reveals top kitchen & bath trends for 2012

...011. While broad trends won't be evident in every local market, the following are 10 overall trends for kitchens and baths across the United States and Canada.[TRIMTO] KITCHENS Cherry wood in decline: Cherry wood has consistently been the first or second most popular type of wood for cabinetry, jockeying for the top spot with maple each ye...

Astro launches new designs

...ts, with an extensive use of LED designs throughout the ranges - so a visit to this stand is a must for anyone wishing to stay up-to-date with what's available when it comes to lighting solutions.[TRIMTO] Showcased on the stand will be a range of wall lights which, thanks to an ingenious new design, can be fitted as both bedroom and IP44 bathroo...

New courses cover kitchen & bathroom design principles and project management

The NTG has announced two new design courses for 2012. They will be delivered in a collaboration between EQ Software, the NTG (National Training Group) and the Bathroom Manufacturers Association's Bathroom Academy. These two day courses are aimed at professional kitchen or bathroom designers as well as new entrants into the kbb market.[TRIMTO] ...

Laufen extends its success with new products

...hroom design. New round washbasins and smoothly contoured WCs will be on show, reflecting the trend for shapes and curves that create the feeling of luxury in the bathroom.[TRIMTO] The company's minimalist Living Square collection will also see the introduction of new size washbasins, this time in 650mm and 900mm measurements. All of these will ...

Prolong the taste using the latest Brita technology with Francis Pegler

The hugely popular Brita filter tap range from Francis Pegler now benefits from enhanced performance that adapts to differing water qualities. Brita research has found that 53% of the UK population have expressed some disatisfaction with their tap water. With water qualities throughout the UK differing from region to region, a tap that combin...

Michelin-star chef Josh Eggleton joins Caple at Show

...inary expertise, designated meeting areas and a dedicated Caple library containing a selection of informative product brochures. That's not all as Caple is also showcasing more than 130 new products, which provide a fantastic cross-section of Caple's extensive portfolio. These include a whole host of intelligent appliances, such as a multifunctiona...

Anthony Nolan named Belling's centenary year charity

British kitchen manufacturer Belling is hoping to raise at least £10,000 for pioneering stem cell charity, Anthony Nolan, after naming it Charity of the Year as part of its centenary celebrations. Anthony Nolan was unveiled as Belling's Charity of the Year after winning a staff and public vote against five other national charities. The...

New qualification created for domestic refrigeration engineers

...tion are lending support and financial sponsorship to the process of creating A Qualification Route for Domestic Refrigeration Service Engineers. Since its inception, the Whitegoods Trade Association has been concerned by the lack of formal qualification in the domestic refrigeration market.  With this in mind the WTA approached  Lynto...

Leader

... to mitigate against its impact in the future. As parts of the UK have been affected by droughts for many months and prolonged periods of heavy rainfall in the near future are unlikely according to recent Met Office forecasts, the Environment Secretary urged water companies, businesses, and people to find ways of reducing water waste and water u...

News in Brief

...f hob. T: 0800 988 1266 Congratulations to Holloways of Ludlow 's Robert Burnett is shortlisted for the 'Kitchen Designer' category at the 2012 Homes & Gardens Designer Awards. T: 0208 487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ide...

Leader 24th February 2012 continued

... responsibility of Government, water companies and businesses to act against drought. We are asking for the help of everyone by urging them to use less water and to start now."  I am delighted to be part of an industry that has long been aware of the need to conserve water and which has, for many years, been designing products that use less...

Abode Lisi: the new thermostatic shower range

...review a new creation - Lisi, an innovatively styled thermostatic shower range specifically created for people who want the perfect blend of design, performance, quality and sheer luxury.[TRIMTO] The range comprises a white thermostatic post shower with chrome handset and hose, the Lisi shower head, plus a very modern and stylish seat and design...

IDS updates Tuscan solid wood worktop range with new timbers and top notch eco-credentials

...worktop range with two exciting new timber finishes and one of the industry's finest specifications for being environmentally friendly. The new range was launched on February 1st with a refreshed 16 page colour brochure, sample display stand and a direct mail campaign to kitchen retailers.[TRIMTO] The range offers nine timbers in total including...

BMA's delight in welcoming new member - Dietsche

..., and founded in 1873, the company manufactures ceramics, baths, brassware, accessories and showers for the domestic and commercial markets. Its UK offices in Tipton, West Midlands, provide full technical, sales and aftersales resources for its growing customer base. Robert Pryde, Dietsche Business Development Director, comments: "We are extreme...

Award winning quality and design

...awarded the 'interzum award: high product quality'. It is thought to be the first hardware solution for flush-fitted sliding doors for two-door cupboards or wall units that can be flexibly used on a range of different cabinet sizes. An online planning aid is available to quickly design a system offering a choice of top or bottom mounting and dif...

Protection vital in volatile market, warns KBSA

The news that the Homeform Group will not pay out on any customer warranties or guarantees has prompted the national trade association for the kitchen bathroom and bedroom industry, the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association, to warn consumers that it is still vital to buy from retailers that offer financial protection. Homeform col...

Major new TV series seeks Britain's most colourful and unconventional workplaces

...nfly, who specialise in fly-on-the-wall series, have contacted KBZine as they are looking for colourful bosses who make their own rules and don't care what other people think. If you are passionate about your business, and feel tremendously loyal towards the (sometimes long suffering) staff you employ - would love to hear from you. If you...

Kitchen taps to inspire!

...nd will be two of its most stylish yet highly practical kitchen taps, G-Type and Osier.[TRIMTO] For an ultra sleek and contemporary finish in the kitchen, the G-Type mixer has it all, with a truly inspirational design that is guaranteed to give any kitchen the 'wow factor'. Featuring an elegantly long and linear spout, the G-Type is as much ...

KBSA welcomes back three members

... return of three previous members.[TRIMTO] Top kitchen brand Franke, a European company renowned for the manufacture and fit of entire commercial kitchen systems through to small, detailed finishing accessories for the home, has re-joined as a corporate member, as has design software supplier Articad. On the retail membership side, J S Geddes in...

Ellis Furniture extends popular Quadra modular range

...bathroom furniture to include three impressive new units, making the collection even more desirable for bathrooms large and small.[TRIMTO] The already extensive range of basin units now includes three additional widths, 400mm, 750mm and 900mm, perfectly proportioned for all sizes of bathroom. Available as wall hung or floor standing, these basin...

Blum continues to show the way

...to products shown at Interzum and SICAM in 2011, international furniture fittings company Blum will forge ahead with exciting exhibits at KBB.[TRIMTO] 'The House of Blum' will be the Blum theme and under this motto comes a number of world leading products that continue to revolutionise the cutting edge of performance in the modern kitchen, bedro...

New standard for furniture hardware

The Furniture Industry Research Association has announced the publication of a new standard for furniture hardware: 'BS EN 15939: 2011 Hardware for furniture. Strength and loading capacity of wall attachment devices'. This new harmonised European Standard is designed to allow hardware manufacturers to assess the performance of their products an...

Which? Magazine praises Maytag's 'excellent' six-litre dishwasher

...tres and decreased the need to pre-treat dishes prior to dishwashing. Which? praised the machine for its 'excellent all round performance' and helpful features in a series of rigorous quality tests. Which? commented: "We used the Maytag IntelliSense 40 -70 degrees C programme for our tests. This uses a sensor to measure how dirty the water is...

Ecobuild is just four weeks away

Ecobuild, the world's biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment, opens in exactly a month and the organisers are promising: - More exhibitors than ever - over 1,500 suppliers, thousands of products, hundreds of new launches - Dozens of attractions and live demonstrations - new for 2012 include ZEDlife, th...

Leader

...elcome to the KBzine It's that time of year that we've all been waiting for... Yes - Sunday sees the start of the UK's biggest show dedicated to the KBB industry. I for one simply can't wait to explore the fabulous room sets we've been promised and I know that some fantastic new products are being unveiled for the first ...

News in Brief

...f hob. T: 0800 988 1266 Congratulations to Holloways of Ludlow 's Robert Burnett is shortlisted for the 'Kitchen Designer' category at the 2012 Homes & Gardens Designer Awards. T: 0208 487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ide...

Hafele sinks it with Rangemaster

...with a subtle ground trim, with fitted clips and seals thus reducing installation time. Guaranteed for 25 years, traditional and modern designs are available offered in round and square selections in single, 1.5 and double bowl options. Fire-clay ceramic, guaranteed for 10 years, are fired at extremely high temperatures, provide superior streng...

Management buyout for Waterfront Bathrooms

...ors Tim Smith and Paul Tanner, which helped facilitate the buyout, ensures stability and continuity for the business on the future. New River Holdings became aware of a situation back in August when Commercial Finishes, owner of the Waterfront brand, went into administration after its troubled holding company Worcester Metal Holdings was unable ...

Growth of construction sector activity accelerates to 11-month high

...t in the latest survey period. Continuing the recent general trend, commercial was the strongest performing of the sub-sectors, with the latest increase in activity the fastest since September 2010. A rise in civil engineering output was solid, and in contrast to the decrease recorded in the previous survey period. A modest increase in residential ...

'We Are Water' foundation launches international short film competition

...ectors can enter into three separate categories: * Micro-documentary - a demonstration of talent for synthesis and your narrative skill in telling a story, whether real or fictional * Animation - a demonstration of illustration and animation, from basic stop-motion to cutting-edge 3D * Mobile - the only requirement for this category is tha...

KBB Cookery Demonstration area to debut at kbb birmingham

... With consumers rediscovering their love of home entertaining, one of the key areas of investment for home improvements is the kitchen. But spending money on big ticket items is met with much more scrutiny than in previous years. So how does the KBB industry capitalise on this growing interest and entice consumers to part with their hard-earne...

Circo Corner radiators - great for tight spaces in kitchens and bathrooms

...co-Corner radiator is shaped to fit tightly into the corner of any room. It is especially suitable for smaller spaces, such as a corner above a bath in a confined bathroom, small kitchen or cramped hallway.[TRIMTO] The Jaga Circo-Corner radiator is available in heights from 125cm up to 240cm and outputs up to 4064 Watts. Integral towel rails, ...

New Radcliffe Collection from Imperial Bathrooms offers extended options

...turing a distinctive and strongly sculptured edge in a gleaming white finish, Radcliffe is suitable for both modern and period interiors and is testament to the design capabilities of this leading British bathroom manufacturer.[TRIMTO] Designed and painstakingly handcrafted by Imperial Bathrooms to the highest quality standards, the Radcliffe co...

KBB seminar heralds the bathroom as an investment in quality of life

...bathrooms remain private spaces, require creative design and are investments in the quality of life for homeowners. The survey, conducted among architects and bathroom planners internationally, primarily looked at open-plan bathroom concepts in homes, bathroom sizes, material trends and the issue of what drives bathroom planning. The survey r...

InstallerLive and the HHIC join forces

InstallerLive, the largest national event for installers of plumbing, heating and renewable technologies, has teamed up with the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council to bring a brand new feature area to the exhibition in 2012, the Boiler Workshop and Legislation Hub.[TRIMTO] Installers will enjoy face-to-face time with the major boiler manu...

Tyldesley tiler named as leading professional

...Elite Tiling, has won the national 'Tiler of the Month' accolade from TilerWorld, the free web site for tilers and their customers. He was chosen for his tiling quality and high standards of customer service, shown by reviews posted on TilerWorld alongside customer ratings.[TRIMTO] He carries out all types of tiling throughout the North-West: ba...

Kitchen Retailer Exchange at Blum

...l Services Division of Blum UK has launched a series of Kitchen Retailer Exchange events to be held for one day at the company's centrally located Milton Keynes facility.[TRIMTO] The idea behind the informal workshops has come about from members of Blum's Retail Services Division reporting the wide disparity of retailing practices across the spe...

KBB Show debut for Krushr

...Stand L120 Making its KBB Show debut is Krushr, demonstrating its range of recycling compactors for built-in or fully integrated kitchen installation. Krushr provides consumers with an innovative solution to handling household waste whilst retailers can add value to the kitchen sale with this 'next generation' appliance. Krushr is actively b...

Mirrors for all from HiB

2012 is off to a big start for leading bathroom products supplier HiB as it launches two new mirror designs that offer simplicity of style yet excellent performance at a very affordable price point.[TRIMTO] Skye and Casey are both fluorescent illuminated mirrors using a back-lit light source that gives a clear light across the mirror surface. ...

Franke launches the Ascona tap - with a £48 discount on 'sink and tap' offer

...ementary Ascona sink is purchased at the same time.[TRIMTO] The Ascona tap is classically styled for any kitchen scheme and follows the simple lines of the Ascona sink - which comes in one and one-and-a-half bowl models. A jumbo bowl version of the sink will be introduced this summer so there's a size for every kitchen.[TRIMTO] Available in ...

Laufen

... washbasins, WCs and bidets, as well as a surprisingly small-sized bath, Mimo is the ideal solution for the smaller bathroom where every centimetre of foor and wallspace counts. Measuring just 1400mm x 800mm, the bathtub sits at the centre of the collection and at a generous 580mm deep offers a relaxing bathing solution for even the tallest of ...

News in Brief

...f hob. T: 0800 988 1266 Congratulations to Holloways of Ludlow 's Robert Burnett is shortlisted for the 'Kitchen Designer' category at the 2012 Homes & Gardens Designer Awards. T: 0208 487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ide...

Pelipal

...he UK market and a specially designed, back-to-wall range of furniture (pictured left) specifically for the UK market, designed in partnership with our UK retailers." A truly beautiful range of high-end bathroom furniture, Leonardo is available with three different front options with a total of 12 finishes, from cross-grain decors, to glass fron...

Sensio offers clever power solutions as well as lighting

Although the SensioPod won an innovation award as far back as 2010, John and I hadn't seen one before and we were really impressed. They work on the same principle as the pop-up loos that you find in some town and cities when the normal public washrooms have shut for the night, popping out to give access and tucking out of sight when they're not ...

BMA and B&Q team up at Show to help industry 'talk clearly' to consumers

...the industry should communicate with consumers about saving water.[TRIMTO] The government 'Water For Life' white paper, published in December 2011, challenged the industry to do more to educate customers to help them make informed purchasing decisions when buying new bathroom products. However, various pieces of industry research to date have sh...

Winners of the KBB Review Awards 2012 announced at dazzling ceremony

...d disco to bring the evening to a close. I'm already counting down to next year's awards. Good luck for 2013 everyone!" Category   First Name Surname Company Bathroom Contract Designer of the Year Helen & Becky Fewster & ...

HiB

Occasionally John and I have one of those, "Now why on earth didn't anyone think of that before!" moments and our visit to the HiB stand brought about one of those.[TRIMTO] No more arguing over aesthetics and where the magnifying mirror should go so that the short and the tall can use it without stretching or bending... this one sits on a magn...

KitchenAid

... of anyone who enjoys cooking or who simply wants a kitchen with the wow factor, that wouldn't wish for some of the state of the art appliances on KitchenAid's stand. I was pulled on by the striking red appliances that match the less covetable ones I already own but John soon called me over to examine the clever Twelix oven with its convection syst...

Showerwall

...impact as the stand representatives were always tied up with potential customers (a successful show for Showerwall too then) so we had a good look around by ourselves... There are 10 new colours in the waterproof wallpanelling offering, boosting the range's design palette to 33 laminates overall with one design, Brown Marble, being discontinued....

Drawers, doors and lifting systems - a study into the real usage of kitchens

...findings of a study into the real usage of kitchens at kbb 2012 on Monday. The FIRA funded study for Blum, has looked into how real-life kitchens are used and the impact this has on the design, manufacture and installation of furniture fittings. The project aimed to review data relating to the usage of drawers, doors and lifting systems within r...

The Mosaic Bath Company

...tunningly beautiful and original pieces of bathroom furniture that will be a marvellous centerpiece for years to come." These baths really were statement pieces and I was held enthralled until John dragged me away from them... T. +44 117 929 2411 E. sales@mosaicbathcompany.com W: www.mosaicbathcompany.com ...

Steel Cuisine

...The Genesi range showcases bright and bold statement colours that I loved - but there was something for every taste as the Ascot range features deep and natural colours. Certain models of the new built-in ovens feature Steel's new and innovative combi-steam function, for flexible and healthy cooking. Steel also showcased one of its latest innov...

Hotpoint

...he show. The new Luce and NewStyle collections mark Hotpoint's entry into the sinks and taps sector for the first time in its 100-year history.[TRIMTO] Kitchen specialists were able to see how the collections fully complement the existing Luce and NewStyle ranges on specially designed displays and a series of cookery demonstrations by 2008 Maste...

News in Brief

...f hob. T: 0800 988 1266 Congratulations to Holloways of Ludlow 's Robert Burnett is shortlisted for the 'Kitchen Designer' category at the 2012 Homes & Gardens Designer Awards. T: 0208 487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ide...

Bohle

The exhibition attracted just the right kind of people for Bohle, the Manchester-based manufacturer and supplier of glass installation products. Alic McCabe, Sales Promotion Manager, said on the final day: "We've had a steady stream of visitors every day and unusually we even took orders on the stand for our new sliding glass door system, Portava...

Pegler Yorkshire

... were off but we thought it was brilliant as it was![TRIMTO] Choosing the best possible solution for the job is critical in the healthcare sector - particularly where the issues concerned are as important as anti-bacterial protection and helping to prevent scalding and cross-contamination. Pegler has worked closely with the healthcare sector...

Franke

Franke's stand was constantly busy and it was the last day before we were able to speak to Marketing Manager Jeanette Ward and Commercial Director David Houghton (pictured below) to discuss the many new sinks, taps and hoods on show. With the kitchen very much a fashion statement today, the company is consciously adapting designs to fit various m...

KBBNTG, KBSA, BMA and EQ Software launched CPD workshops

...ent) workshops. They are all clearly excited at the development of training programmes specifically for the kbb sectors, as they are not brand-specific activities - but offer the designers a total market view - which research has shown is what they are asking for.[TRIMTO] The inaugural 'Principles of Kitchen Design and Project Management' two-da...

Roca

...oca's stand was so busy, since it was showcasing the company's fantastic collection of new products for 2012.[TRIMTO] From the sublime to the completely affordable, visitors had a taste of the breadth and the depth of the range with something for both the commercial and domestic sectors, spanning the low and mid sectors through to the more exclusiv...

Schueller, presented by Inhouse

Transform Communications' Ronnie Hannon and Sophie Langley invited us to sit down in one of the display kitchens and treated us to a much-needed cold drink before showing us around this and the rest of the kitchens on show... so - comfortable AND functional then! A new launch - and seen for the first time in the UK - is the fantastic next125 ...

Carron Phoenix

...er Neil Clark (pictured below) explained had been set up as six pavilions to make navigation easier for those visitors searching for a particular range or something in a particular price bracket. Clever that![TRIMTO] Neil explained that the company was launching new sinks, taps and cooker hoods at the show as part of its continuing drive for a c...

Bushboard

'Sensational surfaces for kitchens and bathrooms' said it all on the Bushboard stand as the company previewed its latest designs and innovations in laminates, solid surfacing and a new man-made stone brand.[TRIMTO] Bushboard marked out its distinctive approach to surfaces with a stand packed with innovative and design-orientated new products f...

Austin Bathrooms

...collection comes in contemporary glossy white, creating a real sense of space in your bathroom. And for smaller bathrooms, the company's got a range of functional furniture with clever storage solutions. It's inventive too when it comes to up-to-the minute technology... its digital mirrors have USB connections, so you can listen to your favourite t...

Croydex

...mode purple, zesty lime green, bright blue or fuchsia pink colourways, the compact cabinet is ideal for small spaces and is supplied fully assembled with everything needed to fit it securely to the wall in a matter of minutes. The mirrored door has a magnetic push opening for ease of use, while a fixed internal coloured steel shelf offers handy sto...

Rangemaster

...sional+ FX 100. The brand new contemporary design features Rangemaster's celebrated drop down doors for flexible and easy access to your dishes, paired with the sought-after 'continental' style twin cavity, already synonymous with the Rangemaster Professional and Classic Deluxe ranges.[TRIMTO] The 100cm range cooker has a fantastic overall oven ...

EQ Software

... business management software had what can only be described as "a frenzy of activity" on its stand for the four day exhibition, resulting in a record number of new customers and leads. "We initially thought our stand would be over-manned for the show, but we needed more staff to cope with the demand and are now looking to increase its size the ...

CDA

... to a disappointment once we were inside examining the goods? I'm delighted to say that it did not, for as well as lots of new products, there were even some exciting prototypes on display, which Marketing Manager Sally Stothard talked us through. Now, where should I begin?[TRIMTO] Well, of the prototypes, it was hard to guess which woul...

News in Brief

...f hob. T: 0800 988 1266 Congratulations to Holloways of Ludlow 's Robert Burnett is shortlisted for the 'Kitchen Designer' category at the 2012 Homes & Gardens Designer Awards. T: 0208 487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ide...

Blum

...e Big Wood School in Nottingham, with the 2012 Blum Dynamic Space Award. Luke won the Blum Award for being the pupil who gave the most consideration to Dynamic Space principles when undertaking a kitchen design project that was part of his coursework. The presentation was attended by Luke's fellow students and his course teacher David Gilke...

RAK

The team at RAK had been rushed off its feet for the duration of the show and Debbie Fleming (on the left in our image, with a colleague) told us that it would be 'all hands on deck' after the event, to deal with the many quality enquiries received there. Showing us around the rooms sets, she explained that RAK was using the show to launch a n...

Stuart Turner

...lo products purchased over the coming weeks. Purchasers can claim the cashback by completing the form on the company's website and posting it back to the company, to arrive by 31st July, with the original till receipt or a printed copy of the order confirmation for internet purchases made between 2nd April and 29th June 2012 inclusive. The ne...

Abode

We first met Anne Lush (pictured below), our PR contact for Abode, at the last KBB Birmingham in 2010 so we were delighted that she was available to show us around Abode's stand this time around too - but that was after sitting on the stand's futuristic white sofas and drinking one of the best coffees we had enjoyed all week, while putting the wo...

Blanco

...d explained the attributes of the new Silgrani PuraDur II coloured sink material. "It's unsurpassed for its ease of care and durability, hygienic qualities and extensive colour range," he enthused. "It has a tactile, silky-smooth surface that looks like natural stone and it is exceptionally easy to clean, since it repels water, preventing the bu...

Geberit

...ear. And once again there was lots to see... Something we loved was the Touch-less Flush... Effortlessly combining design, comfort and hygiene in the contemporary bathroom or washroom, the new Sigma80 touchless flush plate has all three in abundance, creating a design focal point in the most stylish of ways. In standby mode no lights are v...

LDL Components

LDL Components, the nationwide distributor of premium fittings and accessories for the fitted furniture industry, launched a range of exciting new products exclusively for kitchen and bathroom retailers at the show, along with a new fully interactive website. Anyone walking past the stand could not help but stop and stare! The brand new Wes...

De Dietrich

...ne playing the white baby grand piano on the De Dietrich stand when we arrived but there was plenty for us to play with and we were soon engrossed in the exhibits.[TRIMTO] Alongside its expanded Core range, De Dietrich launched Premium, a collection of luxury contemporary cutting edge appliances that combine avant-garde concepts with simple to u...

Karonia

We hadn't met the team from Karonia before but luckily our very helpful PR contact Deborah Lord was on hand to do the honours and help talk us through what was on display - and again there was plenty to see. Karonia extended the Mistral range of 25mm solid surface worktops with the launch of five smart new colours at the show. The original col...

20-20 Technologies

...ting expertise and offer customers the opportunity to experience their dream kitchen or bathroom, before it's even installed. Managing Director Craig Rothwell told us that the stand had been "inundated with new business start-ups, keen to find out as much as possible about the industry and what's available to them to make their businesses as suc...

Leader

... appliances, they are becoming less like the ‘ordinary household appliances’ that cater for our basic needs and more like communications hubs/personal assistants, chefs, hygiene officers, personal shoppers (and I won’t go on, but I’m sure that if you keep up to date with the technology, you’ll know what I mean – ...

Leader

...aid it at the start of last year's public sector strikes and I'll say it again. Now is not the time for workers disgruntled about their pay and conditions to down tools and stop work. European stocks fell on Wednesday as a result of concerns over China's slowing economy and the poor growth outlook for the Eurozone, while figures released on Wedn...

News in Brief

...f hob. T: 0800 988 1266 Congratulations to Holloways of Ludlow 's Robert Burnett is shortlisted for the 'Kitchen Designer' category at the 2012 Homes & Gardens Designer Awards. T: 0208 487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ide...

Jetstone

...Once we had worked our way to the front, we learned that Jetstone was using the show as a launchpad for its new Ceramics range. The company told us that all the attention was for a good reason, since ceramics have great properties - making this particular worktop almost 100% stain proof, scratch proof and heat proof. The blowtorch, incidentally, wa...

Kaldewei

...d showed how far things have come in recent years, with the company presenting the perfect solution for wetrooms with its floor-level Conoflat shower tray and ESR II Installation Frame System for installing flush-with-the-floor shower trays. The team explained that the award-winning Conoflat is available in 22 bathroom colours and 12 new matt sh...

Apex Interior Systems

...n manufacturing bespoke vinyl wrapped kitchen and bedroom doors, drawers, panelling and accessories for the past 17 years from its premises in Burscough, Lancashire, specialist supplier to independent installers, retailers and manufacturers, Apex Interior Systems, was exhibiting at KBB Birmingham for the first time! We spoke to Andrew Ashworth o...

Damixa

With the brassware chosen for the kitchen having a huge effect on the look and feel of the space, Danish brassware manufacturer Damixa felt it should show its complete kitchen taps collection. Reflecting the trend for minimal design in the kitchen, the new recently launched Slate kitchen tap is far from minimal in terms of features and functio...

Mereway

... Trend Interiors range which embraces the rapidly growing internet channel, creating a new package for retailers and offering a wide range of affordable, quality kitchens in classic, contemporary and modern styles. The top end of the price range includes a solid oak shaker style that can be 'mixed and matched' with six different painted finish...

Nolte

...rmany's renowned 'green' kitchen brand had a great show, as Bob Marsden, Nolte's UK Country Manager for retail, explained: "It's hard to see how KBB could have gone much better for Nolte," he enthused. "Before the show I had an idea of what I thought would be a good result for us over the four days, and we eclipsed that at the end of day one! Th...

kbb Birmingham exceeded expectations and really delivered

...ber of exhibitors are reported to have had a fantastic show. Georgina Spencer, Marketing Manager for Roca, said: "KBB was a great show for us as we had the opportunity to speak with both potential and existing customers about our new products for 2012. The reaction to these was fantastic, particularly to the In-Tank Meridian and CleanRim The Gap...

Symphony

...fer with the launch of a major new support package. Bringing together an entirely fresh approach for retail and an exciting new era for the business, 'New Perspectives' is Symphony's most comprehensive support package for KBB retailers to date, designed to help them attract more customers, win more orders and significantly increase their sales m...

Caesarstone

... see why. Business Development Manager Chris Pepper talked us through the new Supremo Collection before being persuaded to have his picture taken at the desk cleverly made from the beautiful Supremo 'Queen of Hearts'. With its translucent pink and white patterns, it is delicate, yet intense - and really unusual. "Distinctly different from any o...

Leader

... The Easter break was a typical one it seems. Far too much chocolate - and the weather changed for the worse (in the UK) improving just in time for the return to work as usual. Oh well, at least the roads are quieter due to the school holidays… Or the high cost of fuel. Take your pick. Whichever it is, it won't last, the children wil...

Building contractor fined after carpenter's fingers severed

...r-old, who does not wish to be named, was working at the property in Cleveland Street, Westminster, for Grand Plans (UK). He and his brother were levelling and insulating the floors on the second storey. He had provided his own hand tools and also used an unguarded bench saw which was available for use on site. Marylebone Magistrates Court heard...

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...f hob. T: 0800 988 1266 Congratulations to Holloways of Ludlow 's Robert Burnett is shortlisted for the 'Kitchen Designer' category at the 2012 Homes & Gardens Designer Awards. T: 0208 487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ide...

Mike Campbell writes about the opening of Sally UK Shower Equipment's UK Office

"Zhongshan Sally Shower Equipment has been trading here in the UK now for over six years with some excellent OEM and Bathroom product distributors, our main customers being handled either directly through our international trade department or our European based trading agent", states Mike Campbell Managing Director of Sally UK. The increasing ...

FIRA members WCFM Sustainability Award success

...its member, Orangebox, on receiving The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers Sustainability Award for 2012.[TRIMTO] The award, organised by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, aimed to recognise companies at the vanguard of furniture manufacturing sustainability. Open to Full Members of the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme (...

Elleci comes to the UK

...ew kitchen designs, appliances and colours more than ever meant that it was only a matter of time before we looked to our boot-shaped counterparts for inspiration - and then along came the exciting new Italian sink brand, Elleci. "Elleci is already the number one sink designer, manufacturer and supplier of designer coloured sinks and taps in Ita...

Abode launches the new Triana Aquifier filter water tap

...s recommended that these are replaced on time, in the interests of hygiene and to ensure maximum performance. T: 01226 283434 F: 01226 282434 W: www.abode.ee ...

Announcing the KBSA Designer Awards - 2012

The KBSA has announced details of the new KBSA Designer Awards for 2012, promising that the essence is 'simplicity' to gain the maximum number of entries. There will be five Award categories, namely: * The KBSA Kitchen Designer of the Year - sponsored by Omega * The KBSA Bathroom Designer of the Year - sponsored by the kbbNTG * The KBSA Bedr...

Organising the Bathroom

Hfele understands that the demand for organisation within homes is constantly evolving and with this in mind the Banio storage system has been created. Bathrooms play a different role dependant on user needs such as the morning rush together with evenings of calm relaxation. Variable in length, the Banio sits neatly around the sink pedestal insi...

New Waverley tap from Carron Phoenix gives levers a lift!

The new Waverley tap in chrome, follows the winning formula of the monobloc two lever style but responds to the new design trend for the levers to be positioned higher up on the body of the tap. Solid chrome paddle levers combine chic styling with an effortless quarter turn action to dispense hot and cold water. The slim cylindrical body and s...

Easter eggs for children's charity

...50 Easter eggs to The Children's Trust, Tadworth - a national charity that provides specialist care for some of the UK's most severely disabled children - rehabilitation to children with an acquired brain injury. The eggs are part of a special promotion that Farmiloe runs with luxury bathroom company, Bette. The Children's Trust used the eggs to...

The iKBBI is moving

...llers is moving to new offices east of the capital. "The smart move east marks another milestone for the iKBBI as we expand on much needed space!" says the Institute's Paula Kavanagh. "Unlike the office in Canary Wharf, this new space allows for growth at an affordable price and is located next to the M25 motorway for good road access. We hav...

Whirlpool introduces green generation new 6th Sense Colours washing machine

... works in concert with Whirlpool's Colours 15 degrees C option, which features dedicated programmes for white, mixed and dark coloured fabrics, making the washing simple and hassle-free whilst offering 50% savings on water, energy and time. . This intelligent new washing machine also features Wave Motion technology, the exclusive solution by Whirlp...

Inta lobbies on behalf of the Water Label

...Anti-scald tap, shower and valve manufacturer Inta has received a commitment from Jeremy Lefroy, MP for Stafford, that he will support the Water Label within Parliament and lobby for bathroom products to be included in the Government's forthcoming Green Deal. The MP visited Inta's headquarters in Hixon, Staffordshire, to discuss the issues facin...

New Formica Unilin collection from IDS offers outstanding design flexibility

IDS has strengthened its panel products offer for the trade with an exclusive distribution agreement for the Formica-Unilin collection, a comprehensive range of melamine, laminate and edging tape which offers a raft of design and cost engineering benefits for kitchen, bedroom and office furniture manufacturing, specialist joinery and retail shopf...

We have Mail from Hannah Barrett

...areness of the detrimental impact of the existing biomass subsidy continues; Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Furniture Group (APPFG) has written the attached open letter showing his support of the campaign. The biomass subsidy is something which will affect everybody, not just those in the furniture ...

KitchenAid dishwasher uses Pro-steam technology to clean

  KitchenAid, the premium manufacturer renowned for its professional performance and stylish design, introduces the fully integrated Pro-steam dishwasher, boasting outstanding cleaning performance. The KitchenAid 6050 PRO-steam dishwasher is made of exceptional materials and guarantees excellent cleaning results thanks to its sensor te...

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...o the KBzine Regular readers of KBZine will be aware that I have a passion for recycling, be it adding peelings, used teabags and grass cuttings to the compost bin; the stuff that is removed each week by our local councils, or the giving (or selling) of unwanted furniture and appliances to others - rather than taking it to ...

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...nywhere to browse any of the industry's showrooms they might come upon) and this could be good news for the KBB industry. What do you think? Yours, Jan Hobbs   ...

KBSA announces judges for Design Awards

...riors industry. All members are carefully vetted prior to admission and they must have been trading for at least two years in order to be considered for membership. All members offer ConsumerCare deposit protection or ConsumerCare Plus, which protects the consumer from payment of the deposit to completion of the contract and includes an insurance ...

Maytag launches new tumble dryer with a A-50% energy efficiency

...ly energy rating of A-50% through innovative heat pump technology. Designed and engineered to perform exceptionally well, every detail of the drying process has been carefully assessed and improved to save our natural resources. Its ultra-efficiency is attained using compressed refrigerant gas, which is circulated around a closed circuit and pas...

The Kitchen & Bedroom Showroom, Bournemouth, 'very responsible'

... area. Kevin Grix, Head of The Furniture Ombudsman, commended The Kitchen & Bedroom Showroom for working in a way which puts the consumer first, saying: "Managing Director Terry Earle and his team go way beyond what is expected to ensure that kitchens bought from them exceed consumer's expectation. "All of our Members strive to offer i...

Symphony's Spring Promotion shows support for retailers

...from Symphony comes hot on the heels of the launch of New Perspectives, its biggest support package for KBB retailers to date. T: 01226 446 000 F: 01226 711 185 W: www.symphony-group.co.uk ...

Tile Depot join TTA

...e are now 19 Tile Depot stores throughout London and the South East - in Aylesbury, Basingstoke, Bedford, Crawley, Cricklewood, Edgware, Enfield, Greenford, Hanwell, High Wycombe, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Reading, Slough, Tonbridge, Uxbridge, Watford, Wembley and Whetstone - all open seven days a week and until 6pm on weekdays. There's a massive ...

IDS doubles stockholding at Swindon to enhance customer service

...erials distributor IDS has doubled the stockholding capacity at its Swindon site to enhance service for customers in the south, south west and Wales. Cantilever racking supplied by Stakapal was installed during March within the 27,000 sq ft warehouse with the project team ensuring there was no disruption to the IDS site and the smooth running of it...

Are you ready for an inspection?

... Appropriate staff welfare provisions including toilets, rest areas and drinking water * Procedures for consulting and informing employees about health and safety matters T: 0800 294 4440 E: sales@slingsby.com F: 0800 294 4442 W: www.slingsby.com ...

Brussels is to push for EU-wide minimum wage

...te in the French presidential election, and hearten President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has been calling for an end to what he calls "social dumping" within the EU single market. Most EU countries have already introduced a minimum wage but these often vary significantly. In Romania, it can be as low as one-fourth of the average wage. In Ireland, it i...

NKBA announces the 2011/2012 Student Design Competition winners

...e up-and-coming generation of professional designers. The following eight students were selected for their designs, as winners in the 2011/2012 NKBA Student Design Competition. Kitchens: 1st Place: Alice Mulcock; Seminole State College of Florida 2nd Place: Elaine Treadwell; The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online 3rd Place: KC Smelser; M...

Legion's Home Improvement Service Goes National

The Royal British Legion is expanding its Home Improvement Service for the beneficiaries it supports across the UK and is seeking suitable partners to provide cover in all areas in the UK. In Scotland the service will be provided by Poppyscotland.[TRIMTO] The secure, high-quality Home Improvement Service, which also comprises a Handy Van Servi...

Crosswater Holdings joins BMA

...d us bringing fresh ideas and enthusiasm to the Voice of the Industry." Crosswater, based in Dartford, Kent, was established in 1998 and has expanded quickly with its vast, exciting and innovative product range. It has become one of the most pioneering companies in the UK supplying a full range of ceramics, taps and showers, accessories, wetroom...

New value granite sink range from Carron Phoenix makes its debut

...e sinks that combine sound design and functionality. Introduced by Carron Phoenix as a replacement for its Summit range, which has been moved to the price-pointed Essential Value Sink & Tap Pack Collection, Debut represents the new value granite product in Carron's retail offer. Debut complements the popular and keenly priced Contessa stain...

Ellis Furniture praises enduring popularity of apprenticeship schemes

...nt to strengthen our economy by helping employers to take on apprentices and ensure that the UK workforce has the skills that businesses need. Under this Government, apprenticeship starts are increasing at a record rate with improvements across the age range, in all sectors, throughout the country." In conjunction with Leeds College of Building ...

Sleek and efficient by design; the new Aquaflux Aqanomic

The new Aquaflux Aquanomic tap from Leisure Sinks effortlessly combines ultimate elegance with convenience and practicality. Manufactured from robustly engineered chrome plated brass, it features a high quality design, with easy to use levers, ensuring a sleek and reliable tap to suit a variety of sink and kitchen styles. Designed by Leisure S...

Intelligent building technology from Hafele

...buildings with minimum fuss. Signals are transmitted via radio to each individual receiver, perfect for installing onto glass, furniture or where a lack of cabling would normally prevent the fitting of controls - such as a kitchen island for example. Gira Radio Bus is the perfect solution for any renovation and modernisation project. T: 0178...

Franke inspires customers with a new app

...ed. The in-depth app doesn't stop there; it will constantly be updated with the latest product information from Franke. T: 0161 436 6280 F: +44 (0)161 436 2180 E: info.uk@franke.com W: www.franke.co.uk ...

Stylish kitchen showroom opens in Perth

Opening a new kitchen showroom in these tough times may be seen as madness but for quality kitchen designer Kitchens Internationa,l this is all part of an expansion programme with two new showrooms opened in Scotland in two years. With six showrooms across Scotland the company offers customers an opportunity to get designer kitchens from locat...

Ecobuild unites global sustainable built environment community with over 57,000 attendees

  Ecobuild, the world's leading event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment, brought together more than 57,000 industry professionals last month at London's ExCeL. Over the three days visitors explored the products, services and innovations from more than 1,500 exhibitors including world-renowned organisations, ...

LDL launches new, large capacity Wesco waste system

...er tablets, etc.[TRIMTO] Designed to fit a 600mm wide kitchen cabinet, the new model is intended for use with a Blum Tandembox drawer, in common with the rest of the Pullboy Z range, and is therefore soft closing. It is also available with the Blum Servo-Drive touch control door system, the perfect solution when hands are full as a simple tap wi...

Leader 20th April 2012 continued

...new coalition launched to bring recycling into the 21st century by making manufacturers responsible for collecting and recycling the products and packaging they produce.  The Cradle_ Coalition includes more than 40 organisations from around the country, concerned about the squandering of natural resources, the impacts on climate change, and th...

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Rangemaster and Articad: design online for the world renowned range cookers

CAD software specialist for the KBB sector, ArtiCAD, has announced that Rangemaster has chosen its new online design tool  - MyRoomFinish - to help consumers select which model and colour of range cooker would most suit their kitchen.[TRIMTO] The new design tool - branded aRangeit by Rangemaster - enables consumers visiting the Rangemaste...

New homes figures reveal continuing public/private sector divide

...rations to build new homes in the UK continues to widen, with social housing showing a 54% decrease for March 2012, compared to March last year (2,460 - 5,330).[TRIMTO] Although private sector registrations to build new homes in March are down 10% compared to March 2011 (7,190 - 7,980), figures for the quarter were up 6% compared to same quarte...

A winning combination

...nd complete wet room system.[TRIMTO] On The Level has designed and developed a range of special 'formers' (underfloor shower trays) to complement the new Geberit Duofix drain system, resulting in an ultra smooth wet room design. The Duofix from Geberit is a new shower element which integrates the drain neatly and unobtrusively into the wall, ...

TTA Awards: a night to remember

... Presented by the fabulous Emma Jesson, the Las Vegas themed awards ceremony not only raised money for the Children Today charity, but also provided an exhilarating night of entertainment and excitement, as the glitz and glamour of the City of Sin was brought to Birmingham with Vegas showgirls greeting guests on the doors, Casino tables for those ...

10 kitchen and bath trends and treatments to inspire

...t. The floating pomelle seppele vanity cabinet surrounded by recycled glass tiles is the foundation for a concrete countertop with integrated sinks. The concrete surface brought to a high shine nearly belies the material, and in hue, it contributes to the overall brown-gold palette. Original exposed brick and Lava rock, along with the contemporary ...

Markey Group unveils £1.1m biomass facility

...ge, Premiere Kitchens creates approximately 2,350 tonnes of unavoidable wood waste each year in the form of extracted chipboard dust and residual off-cuts. Previously, the majority of this would have gone to landfill, but thanks to the introduction of the new boiler, it's now being used to generate all the heating and hot water required for Markey'...

Luxury bed-maker wins Queen's Award for Excellence

Devon-based Vi-Spring, renowned the world over for its handmade luxury beds, has been awarded the prestigious Queen's Award for Excellence. The British bed-maker has been recognised for producing bespoke beds of the highest quality, resulting in substantial growth in overseas sales. HM The Queen marked Vi-Spring's success in her birthday honours ...

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... as this week's KBZine is being broadcast from Amsterdam, where we've been producing a daily e-zine for a show in another sector - and frankly we're both exhausted! Having done the whole show in high heels (and a fair bit of walking in the evenings) my feet are aching badly and the last thing I want to do is sit at the desk in my hotel room... ...

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...ll as further heavy rainfall and flooding, we’re being threatened with snow! The good news for our industry of course is that it will keep everyone off the beaches and hopefully encourage them to browse some showrooms and spend lots of money on home improvements instead. I need a new kitchen and bathroom but there is so much available t...

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Revealed: the biggest secret In the bathroom industry

... is the biggest bathroom company that no one has heard of! Bathroom Brands Group, in its current form, dates from 2011, when CEO Patrick Riley brought together the European Bathroom business and the Crosswater Group.  Last Wednesday, in Jersey, the Channel Islands., the Group - notably the third largest selling bathroom and shower products ...

Leisure Sinks range installed in Stratford Halo Project

...lux TFL1CM and Aquadisc TAD2CM taps from Leisure Sinks are being installed within the landmark Stratford Halo project. The development features seven blocks of between seven and 43 storeys, and includes the pioneering Halo Tower, which will be one of the tallest residential blocks in Europe. Euroline sinks, Aquadisc 2 and Aquaflux taps were supp...

Innovative price pledge coincides with new product book

...l Franke Group and specialises in high-calibre stainless steel and solid surface washroom solutions for commercial installations that include healthcare, education, catering, stadia and prisons, alongside hotel, offices, leisure and others.   High-grade stainless steel and seamless resin bonded sanitary ware products make up the core of the...

Leading UK bathroom supplier enters Forum’s late payment Hall of Shame

A leading UK producer of bathroom products has been entered in to the Forum of Private Business’s late payment ‘Hall of Shame’ after it increased its payment times from 30 to 60 days. It has also introduced an accumulation period for invoicing which can add up to another 30 days to the process – taking it to as much a...

An open letter to Sir James Dyson

... 1st May 2012 Dear Sir James, I read with interest your piece in The Telegraph yesterday calling for innovative solutions for the home to reduce water consumption. You are correct that there is a large amount of plumbing in our homes that is outdated and wasteful. An analysis we undertook on CLG/BRE data shows there are 1 million toilets in t...

BMA's WEPLS 'Water Label' is adopted in Europe

1 Europe = 1 Label A single Water Label for taps, shower valves and shower heads moves a step closer. Trade Associations from a number of European countries representing the tap, shower valves and handsets industry, together with major European manufacturers, have completed the first phase in the development of a single Water Label for bath...

Candour – a taste of things to come…

The Abode Candour range is a major new minimalist product line for the bathroom which is beautifully designed and manufactured from stainless steel.  The single lever basin and bidet taps have modern and stylish pencil slim levers and drop-head spouts. The Abode designers have epitomised the luxury feel of the new Candour taps by creating...

Ian Kershaw appointed TTA Chairman

... Tile Association. In taking over the chair from Ian Crowther, Ian Kershaw said that he was looking forward to taking the Association forward over the next two years. Currently the Director of Tiles UK, one of the leading ceramic tile distributors in the UK, Ian has over 20 years of experience within the tile industry. Ian has played an activ...

Karonia launches new Mistral brochure

... substrate, can be shaped and curved to meet the most adventurous of design briefs without the need for specialist tools. Offering the consumer the look of natural quartz and stone combined with the practicality and convenience of a manmade material, it is tough, hygienic and can be replenished if necessary, making it particularly suitable for kitc...

LDL introduces large capacity Peka ‘Mullboy Big’

...ing a number of design features. With a generous 40 litre capacity as opposed to the usual 15 litre for similar door mounted bins, the Peka Mullboy Big is designed to swing right out of the unit when the door is opened while the lid lifts automatically and remains in the cupboard, thereby making it very easy to access. The fixing system for the ...

Symphony evolves Gallery kitchen collection

...ction this season, with 16 stunning new kitchen frontals, units, accessories and fresh new finishes for 2012. Marking Symphony’s intentions to make Gallery the most flexible kitchen range on the market today, the new additions are not only practical and environmentally friendly, but extremely stylish and affordable too. The new Woodbury...

Applications for ‘2012 Architect in the House’ initiative, now open

Property owners across the UK are being invited to sign up for the 2012 Architect in the House initiative, devised by housing charity Shelter and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and sponsored by insulation specialist Rockwool. The popular UK-wide scheme provides the public with hour-long consultations with RIBA Chartered Archit...

Gorenje sponsors BTCC Pro racing driver

...hip with driver Andrew Jordan, who races with Pirtek racing team. Gorenje’s sponsorship is for the 2012 season of BTCC, and sees the brand’s logo on Andrew’s Honda Civic NGT (next generation touring car), the garage boards, hero cards, posters and race truck. These will be clearly visible to both race visitors and television vi...

CCS passes £60 million in Q1 2012

...ever trading quarter in Q4 2011, managing an approved lending figure of just over £51 million for homeowners. This coincided with its best ever October with £18.9 million of approved loans. In total the company managed over £200 million of approved loans during 2011. Speaking about its record-breaking growth, CCS Managing Partn...

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LDL new website

...igate site  presents the entire LDL stock range of over 3,500 products in a readily accessible format, allowing customers to order online, view their order history and current balance, and check stock. New product innovations are highlighted prominently on the site and there is also an e-gallery so that images can be downloaded for use on reta...

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... is robbing us of the feelgood factor that normally encourages us to spend and it doesn't bode well for trade, does it? Now we're being warned that the Olympic Torch Relay, which arrives in England this evening and takes to the streets of Cornwall tomorrow before snaking through much of the country, is going to exacerbate the traffic problems th...

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Newlyn by Mark Wilkinson OBE - launched this week

The latest collection of furniture for the kitchen, by Mark Wilkinson OBE, was launched in London this week. Named Newlyn, it has a classically modern 'look' that will fit all styles of home and be a perfect match for contemporary English lifestyles. In this new furniture style Mark has introduced a fresh development in handle design, with a s...

Scotland welcomes KBSA at successful regional meeting

...er Bartlett's on the current insurance offer and an update on activities from the KBSA. "Turnout for the Scottish meetings has traditionally been very good and this meeting was no exception," reports KBSA CEO Graham Ball. "We included some interactive discussions as well as presentations which were well received and the feedback from those that...

ECF strengthens sales & marketing teams

...g teams with key appointments both internally and externally. The appointments serve to further reinforce ECF as a nationwide supplier to the UK furniture industry and provide its customers with increased service levels.[TRIMTO] From left: David Jackson takes over as Territory Sales Manager for Staffordshire, Shropshire & Cheshire, Sally Y...

Vado sponsors World Cycle Tour

...such as Turkey, Iran, India, China and Australia. Daring Dynamos are hoping to raise £75,000 for War Child and have already managed to raise a huge £16,260. Over the next two years Vado will be fundraising to help them on their way to their target. Daring Dynamos are currently in Croatia - amazing considering they only set off from ...

Apollo continues to drive safety message home

...s one of the UK's largest retailers of made-to-measure blinds and shutters, Apollo Blinds is at the forefront of the industry's efforts to raise awareness of dangers relating to looped blind cords and is launching a campaign to drive the message home. Now in its third year, Apollo's Make Blinds Child Safe campaign, runs during the Child Accident...

Over-bath innovation from PJH Group

...Group has taken its Moods showering range to new heights with a patented all-in-one shower solution for the over-bath shower market, called the Integrated Shower Tower. As featured in its Bathrooms to Love Collection, the innovative and space-saving new design features a dual control thermostatic shower tower that is cleverly integrated with the...

Hafele's new Kato handle range is fast and easy to fit

...clusive collection of Kato profile handles launched by Hafele is an innovative under worktop handle for standard cabinet design that is easy to fix without the need for routing channels into the carcase.[TRIMTO] Made from aluminium, the durable and lightweight metal handle is available to fit horizontally and vertically and is offered in three d...

Home owners want more storage? Here's a solution!

...rding to new Ipsos MORI research by the Royal Institute of British Architects consumers are looking for more storage to accommodate for the lack of space across their entire home. IronmongeryDirect understands that space is often at a premium and can provide the latest in storage options to help create a neat and tidy look.[TRIMTO] "We have seen...

Hettich opens the way to better sliding doors

Practicality, performance and style meet in three ingenious and robust sliding door mechanisms now available from Hettich UK. Inline P, TopLine 22 and TopLine M offer special features for particular two/three-door applications, such as flush closing, 'silent' soft close and opening/sliding options on the same cabinet design, creating the option t...

Perfect Planar from Franke

...lanar, which is available in single and one and a half bowl models, boasts a slim edge flat profile for an almost seamless transition with your worktop. This ultra-modern, stainless steel sink will give any kitchen that exclusive sophisticated feel.[TRIMTO] With zero radii bowls and plain drainer, the Planar also incorporates a square pop up wa...

Smart Systems' free online sales enquiry, quoting & ordering facility is seriously faster!

Due to the increasing uptake by retailers creating the need for larger storage facilities, KBBConnect, by Smart Systems, has now upgraded to a more advanced Cloud hosting service provider. In addition to significantly increasing individual storage capacity, add yet further layers of security and give even greater reliability, it can also provide I...

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.... Well here's a thought... As a story in this week's news explains, an opportunity has arisen for the industry to get involved with transforming a neglected London dock into a'creative hub'. My mind is racing and I hope yours is too! The link between bringing one of London's waterways back into public use and the urgent need to conserve wa...

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Dimplex launches online guide to green energy

... attractive interface. It covers many of the renewable products available from Dimplex, alongside information about relevant grants, benefits, and other financial support. Importantly, the website allows the consumer to work out the cash and carbon that a heat pump or solar system could save them, over their current system, using aninteractive ...

Concealed dual flow heads come in two styles

... spectacular shower heads have two water inlets, one to feed the waterfall function, the other for the rain spray. This enables the user to have the choice of just the waterfall, or the rain spray, or for a more vigorous shower have both options on at the same time.[TRIMTO] Each shower head is easy to install and comes complete wi...

Andrew Bentley joins Ambiance Bain as UK National Sales Manager

...ience with major European and British manufacturers. In his new position, he will be responsible for managing all sales functions, including the development of short and long-term sales strategies and developing the sales team in order to meet corporate sales objectives and strengthen relationships with Ambiance Bain UK's valued customers. Am...

New fridge-freezers: fresher colours, fresher ingredients

...e bright, but classic. We chose them to match present and future design trends so they'll look good for a long time." Electrolux, which has equipped the kitchens of about half of Europe's Michelin chefs, says that beneath the surface, the appliance's design is based on the needs that professional chefs have for the freshest possible ingredients...

Beauty above and below the surface as Okite showcases Italian style and quality

...and scratches while offering the highest levels of safety and hygiene, making it the natural choice for food preparation areas in the busy family kitchen. Manufactured by Seieffe Industrie, Okite worktops are five times stronger than granite, non-porous and easy to clean, while requiring no special maintenance in order to keep them looking as go...

Urban Life from Hafele

...ndle designs, the Urban collection from Hafele includes a series of knobs, bar, inset and D handles formed from such materials as wood, wood and metal combinations, plastic, leather and acrylic. This variety of contemporary designs incorporates elements of soft curves and straight lines bringing natural and man-made materials into the home.[TRIMTO] T: 01788 548811 W: www.hafele.co.uk ...

Figures show public sector house building still low, but private sector making progress

... to build new homes in the UK are still below last year's figures. New home registration figures for the public sector during the rolling quarter February to April 2012 were 49% down, compared to the same time last year (5,867 - 11,521). Although overall figures to build new homes in the UK were also down 15% (26,035 - 30,649), registrations ...

An opportunity for the industry to get involved with transforming neglected London dock into 'creative hub'?

...erty in a bid to help a new property-focused crowdfunding website raise thousands of pounds to transform a neglected London dock into a creative hub ahead of the Olympics. An east London charity is aiming to open the dock, located between Canary Wharf and the Olympic Park, before the games start this Summer. So far Gasworks Dock Partnership h...

EU Policymakers weigh options for water pricing

... to cover the costs of collection, storage, filtering and distribution, he believes the final price for consumers should remain low. "It is also a social issue," he said. "I don't want poor people not to be able to afford water anymore". The EU's Water Framework Directive, adopted in 2000, requires EU countries to introduce water-pricing poli...

Ultero - the new professional tap from Abode

...e end of the hose also comes in black. The tall moveable spout and single lever operation allows for one-handed control of flow and temperature. With its diverse application of use, this high specification, single lever spray mixertap is also designed to provide flexibility in food washing and preparation with its pull out handspray. The move...

Annual Bathroom Conference: booking now

Bookings are now being taken for the Annual Bathroom Conference, which is taking place on 9th October at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire and is open to everyone in the KBB Industry. The Bathroom Manufacturers Association's Yvonne Orgill tells us that places are filling up - so do book soon to make sure you don't miss on this popular event, which p...

Zesty Zurich for fabulous drinking water

...nke has updated its Pro-Value portfolio with the innovative new two lever FilterFlow Zurich model, for filtered water at an affordable premium.[TRIMTO] Based on the popular sleek Zurich design, the tap utilises a wealth of top-end technology including a high quality ceramic disc mechanism that provides smooth quarter turn operation. Simply push...

Caple's Saraya Chestnut & Hazelnut kitchen brings the outside in

...itchen demonstrates one of the latest trends in kitchen design where finishes are mixed and matched for a more relaxed look," explains Danny Lay, Sales Director at Caple. "What's more, this particular style is incredible value for money, making it a must for anyone looking for a wow-factor kitchen at a price they can afford. "With this design, y...

Amica launches 8kg machine in new washing range

...nbsp;Amica's 2012-product line-up now offers a choice of eight washing machines, each A+ rated for energy efficiency with a raft of highly saleable features and load capacities from 5kg to 8kg to suit any household.[TRIMTO] The flagship Navigator Plus models, available with 6kg, 7kg and now 8kg capacities, come in traditional whit...

British Ceramic Tile launches The Colour Compendium

...iving both designers and consumers lots of creative flexibility." With 2012 set to be a big year for all things British, British Ceramic Tile's latest offering couldn't have come at a better time, as Sheila explains: "British design is at the heart of what we do and has been since the very first foundations of the company back in the 1890's. ...

New Advantage 400 dishwasher joins catering equipment range

...utions can increase food display areas, storage capacity and refrigeration whilst still making room for some extra cooking equipment - and all without reducing customer seating," advises the company's John Nelson. "Nelson supplies many of the UK's leading equipment brands, provides a stainless steel fabrication service and uses advanced 3D desig...

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...in so big it was attracting attention... And it wasn't just because I was off to lunch at the Savoy for KBZine's sister publication Cleanzine (www.thecleanzine.com) - or that later I was due to attend a chilled desert and muffin tasting evening (if you've ever wondered why I'm overweight, now you know!) - it was because of where I'd just been. I...

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Total support for specifiers

...l support offered free by BAL. The popular name in professional tile adhesives and grouts, renowned for setting standards in tiler training, makes its expertise freely available to specifiers.[TRIMTO] Specifiers nationwide have long acknowledged the impartiality of BAL expertise, which is best known through BAL's Technical Advisory Service. This...

Bosch and Methven back UK Water Efficiency Awards 2012

... Bosch and global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware, Methven UK, have joined forces to back the UK Water Efficiency Awards 2012.[TRIMTO] The UK Water Efficiency Awards is a biennial competition, run by Waterwise and the Environment Agency, to celebrate the achievements of public, private and third sector organisations in m...

British Ceramic Tile joins 'Great British' celebrations this Summer unveiling plans for change

... series of key changes as the company implements its ambitious plan to become a one-stop super shop for all tile, stone and glass products.[TRIMTO] As of today, the company has changed its route to market and will now supply direct to independent retail customers as well as through key distribution partners. Existing and new customers will be ab...

New brand launch: Live Life The Mereway

A coffee is just a coffee, right? An instant coffee is just that, instantly made and instantly forgotten, but a coffee that has had time, passion and effort lavished on it is a coffee to be savoured, enjoyed and never forgotten. This is the philosophy behind the new Mereway Kitchens brand. There are kitchens and then there are Mereway kitch...

Franke develops useful 'Trade Area' for retailers

...om retailers, Franke has developed a new 'Trade Area' on the company's website - specially designed for Franke trade customers. Franke is the leading global manufacturer of sinks for domestic use and has a 100-year heritage so retailers can be assured that, in specifying a Franke sink, they will be giving customers the best quality, best design ...

EQ launches new 2D Planner for eStore

...ccessful eStore product and is available exclusively as an additional sales & marketing element for furniture and bathrooms.[TRIMTO] MyRoomPlan has been developed by CAD company ArtiCAD, and will work on all standard browsers and on portable devices, including the Apple iPad. It was recently showcased for the first time at KBIS in Chicago. ...

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...oned on top of the Royal Festival Hall, where it offers incredible views of the capital and truly unforgettable food to match, prepared by double Michelin star chefs Sat Bains, Claude Bosi and Daniel Clifford, together with the winners of 'Ramsay's Best Restaurant 2010' and Michelin star holders Jonray and Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, as well as Scotlan...

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...he KBzine When we broadcast our last issue we'd rather lost track of time and had forgotten that the extended Diamond Jubilee celebrations were upon us! We don't know about your inbox, but ours take some wading through after just a Bank Holiday Monday, so we felt that after a two day break, possibly extended to the full week, you ...

B & V Water Treatment calls for action after WWF report

...tion have prompted a call by leading water treatment and water saving engineering company B & V for organisations to reduce their water footprint.[TRIMTO] A report by HSBC this month says the world's economic growth is likely to be severely hampered by shortages without concerted efforts to improve water management. And the Institution of Ci...

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Whirlpool introduces the new Gusto microwave oven

...d Crisp technology. Whirlpool's new Gusto GT 285 BL microwave oven boasts the quality cooking performance expected from an oven at the greater speed of a microwave. The robust Gusto microwave oven features a modern design and is finished with a sleek black front. It boasts a 25-litre capacity with a 28 cm turntable for full sized dinner plate...

Construction growth continues to slow in May

... signalled a solid overall increase in construction activity, the pace of expansion was the slowest for three months. Moreover, the survey showed that new business growth and confidence about the 12-month outlook were both much less positive than in April. Construction firms indicated that commercial output remained the fastest growing broad are...

Calling members of the KBSA: TV opportunity - can you supply a kitchen & appliances for Channel 5’s Cowboy Builders?

...rsquo;s show ‘Cowboy Builders’ is planning to make over some rooms in a property in Bradford, including the kitchen. The programme makers are looking for The Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association members to offer a kitchen and appliances free of charge in return for the opportunity to be involved in this prime time show...

Hafele introduces Jasper

...mplement various types of furniture around the home including the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. For more information on handles or for the full range of Hafele products, T: 01788 548811 W: www.hafele.co.uk ...

KitchenAid's new built-in coffee machine has automatic cappuccino function

KitchenAid, the premium manufacturer renowned for its appliances that offer professional performance and stylish design, has introduced a sleek built-in coffee machine with an automatic cappuccino function. The KitchenAid KSCX 3625 built-in coffee machine is perfect for satisfying a consumer's craving for a smooth, strong coffee full of charac...

New UK designed and manufactured linear drain wetroom base kit launched

Wetrooms On-Line has launched its own branded linear drain wetroom kit comprising a pre-formed base, available in three sizes, its dedicated drain, waterproofing materials, fittings and six tile backer boards. Designed solely for the UK market and manufactured in the UK exclusively for Wetrooms on Line, the Linear Wetbase has a drain trough tha...

Steel allows consumers to design colourful dream hob

Steel, renowned throughout Europe for its quality and beautifully designed professional kitchen appliances, has launched a colourful built-in hob collection which allows consumers to design their dream cook-top. Steel's Ascot hobs are perfect to complement the brand's collection of built-in ovens, and allow the consumer to configure their drea...

Q1 figures reflect second highest mark in two years

...US National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has released the Kitchen & Bath Market Report for the first quarter. Results conveyed that showroom traffic, which is traditionally up and down from quarter to quarter, rose 8% in the first quarter of the year to 24 consumers visiting the average kitchen and bath showroom in March. While this re...

Whirlpool presents new Freestanding Product brochure

...nsumer visualise Whirlpool's products in their home and guide them into picking the right appliance for them. Whirlpool's new brochure is available to conveniently download, saving valuable resources and reflecting the brand's objective of making the world a greener place. Furthermore, Whirlpool has dedicated to explaining the new energy labelli...

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...n able to include some news this week to 'warm the cockles of your heart', as the saying goes! Before using that phrase in KBZine I thought I ought to check that I had it right, bearing in mind I'd never seen it written anywhere. Initially my interpretation that it meant 'delighting your innermost feelings' was backed up by wikianswers.com, but ...

Roca Group 2011 Results

The Roca Group has met its growth and profitability targets thanks to significant management efforts in emerging economy markets. This has been the only way to offset the slump in the Iberian market (Spain and Portugal) and the sluggishness of Central European countries, both of which have historically been high-volume and high-margin regions for ...

New basin stand collection from Imperial Bathrooms offers design centrepiece

...in stand collection unveiled by British manufacturer, Imperial Bathrooms, offers the perfect choice for architects and designers looking to add glamour and grace to their bathroom interiors. Exclusively designed to provide bathrooms of opulence and distinction and to create a breathtaking centrepiece, this latest collection offers a luxurious st...

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...bitions but generally only attend the large national (or international) ones, so I'm rather looking forward to visiting the more compact Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show just up the road from me at Sandown Park Racecourse over the weekend ( www.surrey.homebuildingshow.co.uk ). As it's a consumer show rather than a trade event, I should b...

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...ggest that they subscribe. And if you have company news, stock clearances, distributor or product information, do make sure you tell us about it... ...

Win a year of beer with Inta this summer

...s a the winner with a year's worth of beer based on the guideline maximum daily alcohol consumption for an adult male, equivalent to 12 cans of 4% lager per week. The competition winner will therefore receive 624 cans of lager. Please drink responsibly! T: 01889 272180 W: www.intatec.co.uk ...

MBE for specialist tiling contractor

...ring his time there he won a National Tiling Competition at Olympia and in 1968 was awarded a prize for achieving the highest marks in City & Guilds Wall & Floor Tiling, by Lord Rhodes of Saddleworth. His early days were spent on the tools, but as his career developed, not only was he fixing tiles, but with his passion for training alrea...

NHBC Foundation examines the technologies used in low and zero carbon homes

...zero carbon (LZC) technologies into new homes as part of their approach to achieving the on-site performance requirements expected from the Government's target for all new homes to be zero carbon from 2016. But which technologies are being installed, and what do the occupiers of these homes feel about them?[TRIMTO] Carried out by the School of C...

Jablite's technical team tightens focus on key customers

... daring move, insulation solutions provider Jablite has taken the decision to close its technical information line. "We have a talented and dedicated of technical advisors and they are leading our innovations process," explains Steve Broadhurst, Technical Manager, Jablite. "Using these highly qualified experts to answer consumer queries that ...

Ellis Furniture commends loyalty of long serving employees

...loyee of the group is David Hughes, who began his career as an apprentice cabinet maker in 1962 and for whom 2012 marks a landmark 50 years' service to the company. The fruitful career enjoyed by David and his colleagues is testament to the quality of the Ellis Furniture apprenticeship scheme, as well as the stability and success the business ha...

Utopia bathroom graphics now available in ArtiCAD-Pro

CAD software specialist for the KBB sector, ArtiCAD, has announced that the full range of Utopia Bathroom Group's products is now available as a comprehensive graphics catalogue within ArtiCAD-Pro. With the inclusion of this new library from one of the UK's leading bathroom manufacturers, designers using ArtiCAD-Pro can select the specific items ...

Rangemaster stars alongside Marco Pierre White in Channel 5's Kitchen Wars

...he foodie crown. The best of British appliances alongside the best of British cooks certainly makes for a hearty meal of a TV show. You can catch the show on Channel 5, at 9pm on Thursday nights. "We are delighted to be involved with Marco Pierre White and his brand new television show," comments Holly Johnson, Rangemaster. "Rangemaster is...

Maytag improves iconic Trilogy fridge freezer with internal water dispenser

Maytag, the premium appliance manufacturer renowned for its quality and reliability, has enhanced the fully cladded Trilogy M3lW20CBG8 fridge freezer by adding an internal water dispenser. Maytag's super premium Trilogy fridge freezer is now available with an internal water dispenser, ready with chilled, filtered water at the touch of a button...

The Furniture Ombudsman at the annual Trading Standards Conference

... Standards Business Members Group' stand, alongside other Group businesses which include Dixons, Halfords and Thomas Cook. This year, TFO will be partnering with its local Trading Standards service, Hertfordshire County Council at the show. TFO has held a long standing relationship with this authority and its Assistant Director of Community Prot...

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Curves in all the right places...

Hanex solid surfacing offers stand-out design flexibility for kitchens, nowhere better shown than this stunning 3m long elliptical island unit made entirely in S-008 N White. The bespoke unit was designed for a discerning kitchen client whose brief was to make a strong design statement, while combining true functionality.[TRIMTO] Hanex solid s...

All you need is Essential from Carron Phoenix

...n Phoenix's range over competitors is that a sink can be combined with any of the taps in the range for a single fixed price, without having to juggle between upgrade options. This gives the benefit of wider design flexibility for the consumer, while also keeping things simple for the retailer. The product range has been upgraded to respond to ...

Chalon takes on four new design consultants

...y run company then becoming self employed.  Adam will be based in London but is also available for consultations in the St Albans and Tunbridge Wells showrooms. Hazel Bond has almost 15 years’ experience in the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom industry.  Having spent the first half of her career designing bathrooms, she then moved o...

New face at the iKBBI targets membership growth

...ative which will benefit its members with potential new income and work streams... watch this space for details... T: 0845 519 2007 / 01375 489 430 E: info@ikbbi.org.uk W: www.ikbbi.org.uk (Industry) www.professionalfitters.org (Consumer) ...

Soapbox: why we do need to save water

Yvonne Orgill, chief executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, argued for more action in persuading consumers to use less water, at a lunch at the Houses of Parliament co-hosted by the BMA, the National Home Improvement Council and Ideal Standard. Listening to Yvonne's plea, were - amongst others - Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State...

ArtiCAD, Egger and EQ Software to headline business technology event at Blum UK

...t systems and eCommerce solutions, has teamed up with key industry partners Egger, ArtiCAD and Blum for the first time in a new and exciting project.[TRIMTO] The first ever 'Business Technology Event' aimed specifically at the kitchen manufacturing and retail markets is to be held at Blum UK on Thursday 19th July 2012. The day promises to de...

LDL adds e-cloths to product portfolio

...omponents has added the revolutionary e-cloth range to its product portfolio. The perfect choice for environmentally-aware households, e-cloths offer tremendous cleaning power using only water rather than costly chemical cleaning products. With 480,000 fibres per square metre, the cloth relies on the sheer volume of cleaning edges to break up, t...

Triple Which? Best Buys for Whirlpool

Whirlpool has recently received three Which? Best Buy awards for its MAX 109 microwave, the new WWDC 7410 washing machine and the company's AKR 503 IX decorative curved glass canopy hood.[TRIMTO] The Whirlpool MAX 109 microwave is one of the new line-up from the MAX microwave oven range. Which? commented: "A defining feature of this microwave...

Life begins after 30 for Franke

Franke sinks last for a lifetime as one customer from Somerset found out. During a kitchen refit, the customer was planning to replace the 30-year old Franke Compact CPX 651 stainless steel sink with a another one. However, the fitter advised the couple to keep the sink as it was still immaculate, as the integrated seal allows the sink to be resited.[TRIMTO] All Franke sinks come with a 50 year guarantee against manufacturing defect as standard. T: 0161 436 6280 E: info.uk@franke.com W: www.franke.co.uk ...

Cutting edge new Centinox tap from Franke

...p has a contemporary, angular design which will complement any fashionable, modern kitchen. The tap forms part of the Portfolio 55 collection and has a five year guarantee for both finish and parts.[TRIMTO] T: 0161 436 6280 E: info.uk@franke.com W: www.franke.co.uk ...

Indesit's Adam conquers the seas in life-threatening swim

...ven hardest swims in the world. The remaining swims are the Catalina Channel (Santa Catalina to California), the Cook Strait (New Zealand), the Tsugara Channel (islands of Honshu and Hokkaido in Japan) and the North Channel (Ireland to Scotland). Adam ended by saying: "You can get every dream you want but you've got to be dedicated and need to w...

Portway announces new sales strategy headed by Stephen Stroud

Stephen Stroud, formerly National Accounts Manager for Samsung, has joined Portway Domestic Appliances, to head up a new national sales strategy.[TRIMTO] Steve, 46, married with three children, joins Portway as sales director and will be responsible for developing a new countrywide sales policy. Portway has been supplying independent electr...

Inta issues reminder to installers as Legionella outbreak grips Scotland

... be in the home or in a care or commercial setting. "We have been promoting anti-scald education for many years and both our publications and online resources include information about reducing the risk of Legionella and quite simply correct specification and installation, followed by scheduled maintenance checks is the key. "Legionella is a ...

Out of the Woods: Adventures of 13 Hardwood Chairs

...gns will be developed in to working prototypes with the help of Benchmark, internationally renowned for its craftsmanship in wood and long-standing relationship with designer Terence Conran. The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) is well known in the international design community for its creative promotion of hardwood, having worked with t...

Final in Kiev: finalists shower with Hansgrohe

...Architekten - the finalists will enjoy products from the mixer and shower specialist from the Black Forest. In addition, Hansgrohe also fitted out three other major stadiums in Poland and Ukraine.[TRIMTO] "This is entirely in keeping with the Hansgrohe line: sports and a refreshing shower experience, top performances and a relaxing shower - all ...

BAL's new course marks 20 years of tiling training

...g provided free at the end of the training. Ian Harrison - named as the UK's 'Tiler of the Year' for 2012 by The Tile Association - is one of the first to have tried the natural stone course. He commented on it via the TilerWorld forum, answering a query from a fellow tiler by posting: "It is very good, I would recommend it to you all." Another ...

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... tonnes of stone slabs to remind us that workplace health & safety regulation is actually there for a reason. It's sad that the overzealousness of some has served to make the rest of us take our eyes off the ball and treat workplace safety with disdain rather than respect - a statement I feel is borne out by the figures released yesterday, ...

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Chris Watson joins Lakes Bathrooms' growing sales team

...ris will be working in the Midlands region to both support existing customers and grow new business for the shower enclosure specialist.[TRIMTO] Chris is new to the bathroom industry, but will be joining Steve Bates at Lakes Bathrooms who has managed the Midlands region for the company for over six years. Most recently, Chris has worked within ...

Hoover's All in One washing machine safely mixes whites and coloureds in one wash

Hoover tells us that for the first time ever, there is a revolutionary washing machine that allows you to mix whites, bright colours and all fabric types together in one wash. Boasting the exclusive Hoover revolutionary 'All in One Wash' technology, the machine - one of the largest on the market at 11kg - allows users to wash whites, bright co...

Bushboard unveils new livery for its delivery fleet

Bushboard has updated the corporate livery for its fleet of delivery vehicles and is being rolled out mid July.[TRIMTO] Centred around a new strapline 'sensational surfaces for kitchens and bathrooms', the new livery design reflects the company's status as one of the UK's foremost worksurface players with a host of brands including Prima, Omeg...

KitchenAid's warming drawers are ideal for the true cooking enthusiast

KitchenAid, the premium manufacturer renowned for its appliances that boast professional performance and stylish design, offers two restaurant quality flush warming drawers.[TRIMTO] The luxurious warming drawers are ideal for the home entertainer and passionate chef alike. They are available in two sizes and can accommodate up to 12 plates, or...

Ellis Furniture invests to reduce product development times

... launched this summer, and ranges to be introduced and modified on a more regular basis than ever before, resulting in a higher number of new products available to Ellis Furniture customers. Whilst a streamlined design and manufacturing process and reduced processing times were the main goals driving the project, numerous other benefits are now ...

Sink with silk appeal

...ible sink from Franke, available in two single bowl sizes or one and a half bowl models, is perfect for a hardworking subtle kitchen. A new jumbo bowl version ASX 611-100, measuring 1000 x 510mm with a bowl of 435 x 435mm, has just been added to the range.[TRIMTO] And even better, Franke is offering a good discount on the complementary Ascona t...

Mereway Kitchens; ultimate test raises cash for charity

Mereway Kitchens has raised money for charity 'Help for Heroes' by donating 10 pence per view on its viral YouTube clip involving a kitchen, a tank and a whole lot of fun! The cheque for £250 was presented to Janie Martin, County Co-Ordinator last month.[TRIMTO] If you recall at the beginning of the year, Mereway Kitchens recreated an o...

Company sentenced for storage failings after worker killed by stone slabs

An Essex granite manufacturer has been sentenced for safety failings after a worker was crushed to death by stone slabs weighing three tonnes.[TRIMTO] Martin Rice, 57, was unloading a delivery of manufactured stone and placing it on storage A-frames in a warehouse when the incident occurred at The Stone Company UK, on Sandford Mill Lane, Great...

Consumer Credit Solutions helps Avanti deliver customer service

Avanti Kitchens Bedrooms and Bathrooms has been in business for more than 30 years, designing, manufacturing and installing kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms throughout the West Midlands.[TRIMTO] A significant part of the company's business comes from recommendations, which Joint MD Lynn Hopkins puts down to Avanti's focus on customer service. ...

New figures published for fatally injured workers

... year remains largely unchanged. The Health & Safety Executive has released provisional data for April 2011 to March 2012, which shows 173 workers were killed - down two from the previous year. The rate of fatal injury remains the same at 0.6 per 100,000 workers. "Britain continues to have one of the lowest levels of workplace fatal ...

Independent retailer? Don't miss out on this free publicity!

...t July. If you're an independent retailer and you haven't already taken advantage of a free listing for your store and registered on the The UK Shops directory, just complete the form on independentretailermonth  and add your details. "This is extra free publicity for your business - so take advantage of it now," says the KBSA's Dawn Harlo...

New 'messy map' of Britain reveals standards are slipping across the UK

...obe specialist Spaceslide.co.uk, found that almost two-thirds of Londoners admit to only tidying up for visitors, while more than a quarter of the capital's city dwellers surveyed said they couldn't see their bedroom floor for clothes, laptops and magazines. In Manchester, householders fared slightly better, with 61% claiming to clean their hous...

New iKBBI You Tube Channel launches

...nues to use smart, cost effective technology to spread the word. "Whilst the first short trailer for the iKBBI is unlikely to lead to an Oscar nomination, we are pleased to be adopting new technologies that are smart, cost effective, simple and that will add benefit to consumers and indeed our members (current and prospective)," says the team be...

Homebase takes CornerTape to customers

The award-winning CornerTape for kitchens and bathrooms is now available to customers of Homebase. A quick look around the bath, shower, sink and worktops in most homes will reveal evidence of messy or uneven sealant joints, often with discolouration and mould, which detracts from the look of the kitchen or bathroom or more worryingly, gaps whe...

BAL White Star: the fixers' friend

BAL White Star is the ideal ready-mixed tile adhesive for internal walls. Its versatility, suiting a wide range of applications, makes it the 'fixers' friend' among ready-mixes. Professionals routinely keep a tub handy, to avoid a trip to their stockist. "Sooner or later," says one experienced fixer, "you use BAL White Star." Ready-to-use B...

LDL adds Zing to Kitchen Essentials collection!

Superior performance and bright colour are the key features of the new Zing Cooking Collection of silicone cooking utensils, tools and gadgets from LDL Components. Joining LDL's Kitchen Essentials range, the Zing Collection is made from durable silicone which offers easy cleaning, soft grip handles and excellent heat resistance.[TRIMTO] Unl...

Burbidge recruits new addition to the team

...e in the purchasing sector having started his career at Massey Ferguson in Coventry in the 1980's before moving into shopfitting and then more recently the motoring industry. In 2008, Grant moved on to become purchasing manager for the sports and leisure industry working with brands such as Speedo, Reebok and Canterbury Clothing. "I would lik...

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Welcome to the KBzine The lastest Labour Force Survey, which was recently published by the Office of National Statistics, shows that last year 34.4 million work days were lost due to musculoskeletal problems. Having watched two burly men earlier this week, struggle to get a washing machine up some exterior steps to the door ...

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Sirex sinks have high resistance to thermal shocks and colour loss

... - Siphonic overflow - no unsightly overflow, reduces the unpleasant odours and bacterial formations that can establish themselves in typical overflow designs, this system also results in a deeper usable bowl that allows for higher water levels - S.I.R - Elleci has developed, designed and patented what it says is the world's first...

New World raises spirits

Modern kitchen appliance brand New World has launched an affordably priced dual fuel range cooker loaded with features.[TRIMTO] The 100cm New World Spirit 100DFT features a spacious eight burner gas hob with enamel pan supports as well a flame safety device for added peace of mind. Designed for life, the Spirit is a generously proportioned ...

HMRC enforcers target London businesses

...nue & Customs officers were taking part in Operation Vermont, a multi-agency exercise which ran for six weeks in May and June. During this time 31 businesses were suspected to be underpaying workers, or were considered a significant risk requiring further HMRC investigation. It is thought that approximately 100 workers could be owed a total of ...

Daval launches new products at Blum

...aval, recently used the optimum facilities of supply partner Blum to launch five new product ranges for 2012/2013.[TRIMTO] More than 15 Daval customers and retailers from around the country attended the highly successful day. Daval used the Blum laboratory kitchen area to set up a display of new units and doors with working Blum hardware. Dav...

Roman creates an over bath style statement

...s water from leaking out from this commonly weak area. The hinged panel can then be opened outwards for easy access, but it stops at 90 degrees to avoid contact with basins and other bathroom furniture. The bath screen features 8mm thick glass with minimal framing, for a stylish finish. It is also power shower approved; ensuring performance and ...

Franke welcomes new Marketing Operations Manager

...perations Manager.[TRIMTO] With over seven years' experience as the Account Director responsible for Franke at One Marketing Communications, he has decided to make the jump from agency to client. He brings with him more than 15 years' experience in agency account management, specifically working with well-known companies in the KBB sector. ...

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...ccasionally though, it comes up with a gem and I believe that this week's adoption of the scheme to force EU governments to revamp old public buildings as part of the energy efficiency directive, may just be one of them. The idea is that this forced refurbishment may in turn inspire private building owners to follow suit - as proven in the US in...

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TTA releases eagerly anticipated technical document

...s latest technical document, Tiling with Resin Agglomerated Tiles, with the aim of providing advice for all parties involved in the use of resin agglomerated tiles. The paper, prepared by a Technical Working Group of The Tile Association, should be used in conjunction with the current and forthcoming British, European and International Standards...

Inside and Out... Mereway Kitchens strengthens its salesforce

Mereway Kitchens has strengthened both its internal and external salesforces with the following appointments:[TRIMTO] Andrew Whitty (left), new Area Sales Manager for the Wales and West Midlands areas, joined Mereway Kitchens recently and after completing an in-depth induction programme has hit the ground running! Andrew brings 10 yea...

W12 Working with Design for the KBB sector

The W12 Working with Design exhibition takes place at the NEC Birmingham from 7th - 10th October. This cutting edge event will offer visitors a unique opportunity to view and experience the very latest products and concepts coming through to distinguish future KBB furniture designs, help to value and distinguish them individually.[TRIMTO] Work...

Glass splashbacks and upstands in heritage colours for period designs and modern living

..., muted neutral tones to cool grey, black, white and Crystal.[TRIMTO] Made in the UK exclusively for Hafele, this understated palette of colours has been chosen to reflect lifestyles influenced by modern and country tastes. Crystal is an exciting addition to Hafele's range of splashbacks, having been designed using clear low iron glass. Cryst...

LDL and PEKA on tour

...during September. The mobile display unit is fitted with all the latest PEKA storage innovations for the kitchen and bathroom, including the new Libell range which is exclusive to LDL in the UK. Previewed at kbb 2012, this brand new and clever storage concept combines the superior PEKA mechanism with stylish drawer and door interior solutions...

Stylish storage is not such a tall order with Irwell and Roeburn

Ideal for providing much-needed storage space in the smaller bathroom, the Irwell Open Sided and Roeburn Tall Boys from Croydex are elegant new additions to the manufacturer's comprehensive collection of bathroom cabinets.[TRIMTO] These slimline units stand proudly at 1800mm tall on two chrome effect front support legs, whilst their slim width...

Trade Mouldings to exhibit at W12

...MTO] Trade Mouldings has one of the most extensive range of designs and styles in terms of doors for the KBB sector. The company also manufactures all associated and matching mouldings and accessories. With distribution hubs at Cookstown, Greater Manchester and Dublin, Trade Mouldings will show a cross section of its product range which inclu...

Refurbishment activity in US poised for strong growth

...Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released this week by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.[TRIMTO] The LIRA suggests that annual homeowner improvement spending may reach double-digit growth by the first quarter of 2013. "Warm weather in the first quarter temporarily bumped up remodelling act...

New renovation rule set to boost inner-city industry

...t just 12% of the EU's building stock, the European Commission believes this should set the example for private owners, creating a snowball effect. Adam McCarthy, Director of Government Relations at Johnson Controls and President of EuroAce, representing companies in the building-efficiency sector, said that for every €1 million spent on bu...

Rubbish' Summer promotion from LDL!

...s well as more conventional choices. As an added bonus, any order exceeding £250 qualifies for an additional £25 discount. LDL Components is one of the UK's leading distributors of high quality furniture fittings such as Blum drawer and hinge components, PEKA wirework and Wesco waste solutions among others. T: 0845 123 2288 E: ...

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...and women will be displaying their prowess and the surrounding parklands that have been established for them, as well as visitors, to enjoy, but nowhere have I seen any information about whose products have been used for the kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms! Winning a contract to supply fixtures, fittings, appliances and furniture for the Games ...

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Curtain rises on the Debut 100 new value granite sink from Carron Phoenix

Retailers looking for a granite sink that offers high performance and design versatility at a value-for-money price, should take a look at Carron Phoenix's new Debut 100 sink. Debut is the price-fighting granite sink range first shown at KBB 2012 earlier this year.[TRIMTO] The 'small and nifty' Debut 100 provides a modern touch to a classic d...

Inta issues reminder to installers after news of another Legionnaires' outbreak

...ssue. As well as a nationwide campaign to promote the TMV scheme, we have set up an e-learning site for installers and this year alone published and distributed 200,000 advice booklets - all of which educate on how to control the risk of Legionella. "The source of the infection in this outbreak is currently unclear, but there is already speculat...

Moores continues to meet FISP criteria

...Furniture Group has successfully achieved Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme certification for the 6th consecutive year. [TRIMTO] The company is one of the founder companies of FISP, which has grown to become known as the mark of sustainable excellence within the furniture industry. Audited by FIRA International, FISP enables organ...

Colourful kitchens launched by Leicht

...stard yellow) and saffron - provide the accent of colour to brighten up a neutral kitchen. Also new for summer 2012 are ceramic worktops that come in nine colours and decors and incorporate integrated sinks. 'Q-Box' is a new interior furnishing for drawers and pullouts and together with other small details will offer customers all the latest qualit...

Abode's Matrix RO sink collection brings a sharp geometry to the kitchen

...he end user a combination approach to their sink layout, or to design a single product installation for more compact kitchens.[TRIMTO] The six individual sinks, all without drainers, are available in the popular Brushed Steel finish. They include a half bowl, main bowl, double bowl, right and left hand 1.5 bowls plus a large single bowl model. ...

Banish bacteria with Franke!

...The Fragranite material has Sanitized mixed into it and is not applied as a coating so it will last for the life of the sink. The possibility of transferring bacteria is higher on untreated material. Sanitized helps to keep the sink surface hygienic and protected from bacteria and microbe growth after and in between normal cleaning cycles. T:...

New NHBC figures reveal decline in new home registrations during Q2 2012

New figures for Q2 2012 released today by NHBC reveal that new home registrations in the UK decreased by 24%, compared to the same period last year. Following a contraction seen during Q1, public sector registrations declined 49% in Q2 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, bringing overall registration totals down across all new homes for t...

Ladies and gents urged to sign up for the Geberit Challenge today

...ow just a few months away, the manufacturer is urging any installers considering putting themselves forward for this ultimate test of skill and speed to sign up now, as spaces are filling up fast.[TRIMTO] Last year's inaugural challenge saw just one female contestant, so the manufacturer is eager for more ladies to come forward and show the male...

'Ilbagnoalessi One' by Laufen celebrates 10 years of pure elegance

...i-recessed and countertop basins are larger than the original ones and brand new products stand out for their strong and innovative design, such as the Tuna basin and a new set of Tam Tams as well as new electronic brassware. What makes the design of Laufen's 'Ilbagnoalessi One' so timeless and yet still up-to-date is that from the very beginnin...

High function mirrors from HiB

...he bathroom mirror has moved far from being an afterthought that was just an attachment to the wall for occasional use. Nowadays it is a focal point for the room and a source of light and beauty enhanced with functional technical features.[TRIMTO] HiB is a master in this area and the two latest designs - Mileto and Messina - are perfect examples...

Ellis Furniture unveils stunning new kitchen brochure

...nd Inspire ranges, as well as three brand new ranges known as Cambourne, Solar and Linton. Also new for this season's launch are many additions to the already extensive array of worktops, handles, glass splashbacks, accessories and internal storage solutions. The new brochure is supported by a comprehensive price and specification guide providin...

Multi award winning Asymmetric Duo bath wins two further prestigious design awards

...rays and enamelled floor level shower trays, the company has now received two further design awards for its Asymmetric Duo bath in Kaldewei steel enamel 3.5mm - the universal design award 2012, and for the lava black matt model, the red dot design award 2012 for outstanding product design.[TRIMTO] Asymmetric Duo combines aesthetically styled ele...

Pro-Dek racking provides efficient, organised board storage

...,000 panels a week. Pro-Dek has designed and installed the racking in two sections with capacity for over 500 tonnes of chipboard and thin-board. The racking allows every pack to have a separate location and bar-code for efficient handling and traceability and also minimises the number of times material is handled, to reduce damage and waste. ...

AKW showcases style for the care sector

...ndependent living solutions specialist, showcases its full range of showering and bathroom products for the care and retirement markets. Highlighting the company's 'Styleability' message, the brochure uses high-quality images to illustrate how accessible products come together to create beautiful bathrooms that are safe, easy to use and stylish.[T...

Renolit Cramlington employee carries Olympic Torch

Neil Douglass, Financial Controller for Renolit Cramlington, was honoured for his charity works by becoming one of the Olympic Torchbearers ahead of this year's London 2012 Olympics.[TRIMTO] Nominated by someone they know - in Neil's case his sister - 8,000 inspirational people carried the Olympic Flame as it journeyed across the UK. The O...

Corporate membership now available at the iKBBI

...nstallation standards and service. Showing your support towards the iKBBI will also result in a new formal partnership with the highest-level professional body that focuses on Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom installation in the UK. Possibly one of the most recognised and reputable high street brands, The John Lewis Partnership, signed up to the ...

Get ahead of the Games

...ns of people will be celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It's important, therefore, to consider the impact the Games will have on your daily business operations. Transport infrastructure will be exceptionally busy, with thousands of extra visitors in the capital. Operators of KBB fleets could be affected by transport changes a...

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...trouble to 'phone the TV channel to find out, but most won't bother. Channel  5 is looking for a company to supply a new kitchen for use in the refurbishment part of 'Cowboy Builders', but the best bit is, the supplier is credited! And it's not just at the end of the programme when many viewers will have gone off to put their kettles on...

Voluptuous Verbier

... curves upwards towards the end gives an elegant appearance. The tap embraces the increasing demand for a 90 spout and the Verbier will complement many sinks including Belfast models and other ceramic ranges.[TRIMTO] With a height of 325mm and a spout reach of 221mm, the Verbier tap comes in both Chrome and SilkSteel finishes. T: 0161 436 62...

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The Scent of Success for Mereway Bathrooms

...e want to give our products and branding real meaning, and develop an understanding of what you get for your money. Buying a British bathroom means experiencing unrivalled quality of service and receiving inspirational, cutting edge products designs that the market demands." A new product brochure has been introduced, comprising an impressive 8...

Niko sets the standard in 100% recyclable shower trays

...stance that lasts a lifetime. Niko's Hydrolite shower tray does not compromise on appearance, performance or functionality. The stunning Italian slim-line design incorporates a discreet minimalist look with distinctive lines and includes a 30mm high step for easy access; perfect for a modern wet-room design or a more traditional installation. ...

Ultra Finishing acquires Niko Distribution

...each other's strengths, develop new opportunities together, and offer customers the very best value for money together with market-leading service from their supply chain." T: call 01422 356 863 W: www.nikoltd.com ...

Luxury living in the heart of the forest: Center Parcs Treehouses

Hansgrohe, the international bathroom specialist, has collaborated with Center Parcs for the last five years, during which time the villa, apartment and lodge categories have been expanded to appeal to a wider range of visitors and their needs.[TRIMTO] With a total of eight types now to choose from, guests with a luxury budget can enjoy the ne...

LDL adds to Kitchen Essentials range

...o LDL's Kitchen Essentials collection. The two new products offer convenient and accessible storage for some of the most frequently used items in the kitchen.[TRIMTO] The chrome pan hanging racks are designed to be suspended from the ceiling and are available in both square and oval options. Each rack is supplied with a selection of swivel, pan ...

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...technology that's available to us in the home - technology which is so cleverly used, that if the information hadn't come from such a reliable source, I wouldn't actually believe  what I was reading. So often I've thought that we've gone as far as we can and then someone comes up with something else that amazes me - and I sit with my mouth ope...

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Aqua 6 brings true elegance to the mid-range market

...s a voluptuous showering space with curvaceous details. The majority of glass panels are reversible for right-hand and left-hand installation while doors are detachable for easy cleaning and removal. The attractive hinge mechanism on a selection of models is as appealing as it is cleverly functional and the matching design of the warm-to touch s...

Hettich's Magic range puts interiors in the right light

Hettich has launched a new Magic range of lighting for the UK, carefully selected to complement and enhance all styles of living space. The new Magic catalogue includes 64 lighting options plus associated accessories.[TRIMTO] The mood and practicality of kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms - all areas of the house in fact - can be transformed and en...

New price range and new offerings from Nolte Kitchens

...and a number of units called 'Classic Types'. The new products can be ordered now and will be ready for delivery from week 43. [TRIMTO] Along with the launch, which is designed to highlight the big annual in-house exhibition starting on September 15th, Nolte Kuchen has entered a new, attractive price segment according to the company's etho...

Roman Project 252 surpasses expectation

...iness and to highlight and celebrate the fact the company is a British manufacturer. Roman was keen for suppliers and customers to get involved, but didn't anticipate just how big the response would be. The company reviewed the project at the end of July and was astounded to see that its photos have had over 17,000 views in total. Many individua...

New man at the BMA's helm

He's been there before and he is back again for a two year term as President of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association... Steve Lee has taken over the top job from retiring President, Ian Stuart. At the BMA's recent AGM at Stoke's Britannia Stadium, Ian Stuart concluded his fixed term of office reviewing the achievements of the Association an...

Joiner on community service after illegal installation causes expensive explosion

...ecutive to do so, as he was not registered with Gas Safe Register, the official registration scheme for gas engineers in Britain. It is illegal to carry out domestic gas works for gain or reward without registration. Paisley Sheriff Court heard that Mr Irvine told Mr Reid he was not qualified to change the gas connection, but that he could still...

Crosswater hires independent consultant as part of key expansion plans

...he appointment will greatly assist with WRAS approval processes as a route to voluntarily providing for the wellbeing of Crosswater's customers and the contract market by meeting water regulations. Highly knowledgeable and respected in the water industry, Richard, an independent consultant, has more than 20 years' experience in all aspects of wa...

Available now: a new remote-controlled extraction concept from De Dietrich

With a reputation for pioneering many new appliance concepts, De Dietrich has launched the Updraft Extractor. [TRIMTO] The 88cm DHD1190B is part of the De Dietrich Premium collection and is fitted within overhead cabinetry. Like the Downdraft version, it is hidden from view until required - and then descends at the touch of the remote con...

NKBA awards outstanding kitchen & bath design students and colleges

... Excellence in Education Awards. The NKBA announced these prestigious honours during the Educators' Forum at the NKBA's 2012 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Chicago.[TRIMTO] Three NKBA-accredited colleges were awarded the Excellence in Education Award by demonstrating the highest standards of kitchen and bath instruction. Each programme subm...

BMA uses its unique position to pave the way for new industry agreement

...award-winning Bathroom Manufacturers Association, has broken new ground in establishing a framework for process improvement for product certification. Whether we like it or not bathroom products produced for sale in the UK must meet laid-down legal standards. A sure way of meeting these standards is via third party certification. This is a vo...

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...ee more below). The ones I've become used to over the past week are very basic but they're great for the environment as they don't require any water at all. A bucket of sawdust, some anti-bacterial handwash and a little solar lighting is all that's needed to keep everything fresh and easy to use and I didn't notice any unpleasant smells emanatin...

Sensio approved as a corporate KBSA member

...p and support to all kitchen retail KBSA members.[TRIMTO] The KBSA is often a first port of call for those planning and purchasing a kitchen. All of its members adhere to a set of guidelines, which provides the consumer with ease and peace of mind. Other benefits include its Consumer Care and Consumer Care Plus schemes, which offer financial sec...

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Ellis Furniture adds to Inspire kitchen range

...pular internal curved cabinets. [TRIMTO] Available in a plethora of cabinet types and sizes for a truly individual kitchen, the Inspire range is made from high-gloss, acrylic-faced 19mm MDF with glass effect edging. Supplied on the renowned Ellis 18mm glued and dowelled rigid carcase with soft close as standard, Inspire provides a fabulous ...

Bathing with a view: Kaldewei equips private luxury residences of 5-star hotel

For more than 100 years, guests from all over the world have found peace and relaxation in an exclusive setting on Mont-Pèlerin near Geneva. The 5-star Le Mirador Kempinski luxury hotel and the 14 exclusive apartments promote maximum wellbeing for guests and owners. Living up to this credo, several of the hotel suites and private residenc...

New law seeks to limit dumping of e-waste

... electronic and electrical waste, much of which is now either dumped in landfills or shipped abroad for disposal because of the high cost of recycling in Europe. Environment Commissioner Janez Poto?nik said the new measures are a step towards reusing valuable materials such as rare earth metals, gold, silver and copper used in televisions, compu...

Bill Gates names winners of the 'Reinvent the Toilet' challenge

Bill Gates has announced the winners of the Reinvent the Toilet challenge -an effort to develop 'next-generation' toilets that will deliver safe and sustainable sanitation to the 2.5 billion people worldwide who don't have it. The awards recognise researchers from leading universities who are developing innovative ways to manage human waste, whic...

Inta welcomes retailer's dedicated healthcare division

...ich feature its innovative anti-scald technology. The company, which has spent a decade campaigning for greater anti-scald education, successfully lobbied for changes to building regulations in the UK that make the fitting of TMV2 valves in all new bathrooms compulsory. Darran Bougourd, sales director at Inta, says: "We cannot emphasise enough h...

British Ceramic Tile's Elite stone collection makes its TV debut on Channel 5

...se.[TRIMTO] Stepping in to help designer and presenter Sian Astley and her team of builders transform one family's DIY disasters into a dream home, British Ceramic Tile donated over 26 metres worth of floor tiles free of charge to the show, which is currently airing every Tuesday at 20.00. More than two million viewers will have seen the Fren...

HiB introduces interactive lighting display for retailers

As further marketing support for retailers, HIB now offers an interactive display board to highlight its new range of LED Bathroom Lighting. The attractively designed board has the large, circular Kinetic light, whilst a protruding overhead panel displays the three LED shower lights showing their different surround finishes: white, chrome, and...

David is revved up for week-long fundraiser on the continent

An Indesit director will swap cookers for cars when he takes part in a seven-day rally to raise money for Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion.[TRIMTO] Indesit brand is sponsoring David Ancill, Head of Purchasing UK at Peterborough-based Indesit Company, to take part in the Rally For Heroes challenge, which will see him drive 3,000 mil...

Rearo aims to clean up in the kitchen

...ted and solid surface materials to both commercial and domestic markets, has created a new solution for aspirational consumers, planning to revitalise their kitchen but operating on a strict budget. [TRIMTO] Surfstone, which is manufactured at Rearo's facility in Glasgow, is the last word in affordable luxury in kitchen worktops. Surfstone ...

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...some potential problems though. Working as an estate agent at weekends (now something of a hobby for me) I am well aware of the damage our ridiculous stamp duty system causes to the housing market. Properties sitting even a fair way above one of the thresholds languish on the books because buyers are reluctant to accept the huge jump in duty the...

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KitchenAid's Twelix oven is ideal for the passionate gourmet

KitchenAid, the premium manufacturer renowned for its appliances that combine professional performance with stylish design, offers the cooking enthusiast the Twelix oven, to create exceptional results in the domestic kitchen.[TRIMTO] KitchenAid's Twelix oven has an exclusive convection system which features two independent semi-circular heatin...

Renolit reveals two modern abstract designs

... yet creates a very homely atmosphere depending on the colour combination used. It is most suitable for combinations with the three colours which feature within the printed design itself - namely greys, coffees and blues. [TRIMTO] For example, mix with Renolit Covaren Flint Grey Nat Trend or Lana Matt Grey, for a harmonious result. Or try R...

Flo~mate, the new mains boost pump from Stuart Turner!

'Flo~mate' pumps offer a simple solution to boost incoming mains water pressure without the need for a cold water break tank. At times when mains water pressure is insufficient, Flo~mate will deliver a minimum 1.5 bar pressure at a maximum flow rate of 12 litres per minute, meeting the requirements of most unvented boilers.[TRIMTO] Flo~mate a...

ECF reveals Component Portfolio 2012/13

...s to its waste bin offer, the ECF range now totals 17 options, two of which exceed the requirements for the 'Code for Sustainable Homes'. The new catalogue also features a greatly enhanced range of the latest Sensio lighting products, making ECF one of the largest Sensio stockists in the UK. The range of Caple sinks and taps has also been booste...

Designer drainers from Franke

For a stylish, removable drainer in the kitchen, the new Mobile Drainer from Franke is just the job; and ideal for add-on sales opportunities for merchants and retailers.[TRIMTO] Answering the demand for an effective draining solution for undermount sinks, such as the Largo single and multi-bowl models as well as the Kubus multi-bowl model, th...

Renolit reveals another new modern abstract design

...olour.[TRIMTO] The design is very much in trend - and, with its neutral grey colour, is suitable for combinations with various plain colours. Depending on the combination of colours, the design can be multi-functional in living areas, kitchens and bathrooms, or as an eye catching feature in shops. It is printed in combination with a Soft Coat...

Paralympics coincides with launch of BMA's new special needs web page

...inciding with this month's Paralympics. The new pages 'Making Life Easier' pull on volumes of information provided by those members of the BMA who design and manufacture bathroom products especially for use by people with special needs. "We have conducted a full root and branch review of our specialist web pages," explains Yvonne Orgill, Chi...

Small is affordably beautiful - Mini from Roca

...'s Mini is a contemporary cloakroom or small bathroom solution that, as its name suggests, is ideal for small spaces. This amazing value for money, perfect combination of furniture, basin and mirror or mirrored cabinet is available in Gloss White or Textured Oak, Wenge or Grey finishes.[TRIMTO] Its deceptively spacious 450mm base unit is wall-h...

Showerlux UK

...as incorporated in the UK in 1973 and had a successful manufacturing and wholesale base in Coventry for many years, with over 160 employees at one stage. As products became available to manufacture at a cheaper price from Asia, the manufacturing facility ceased operation and the company was left with a core staff to import and sell to wholesalers a...

The day navel gazing stops... and inspiration begins

The way we buy bathrooms has changed forever and this year's Bathroom Conference on 9th October is dedicated to examining the new ways of shopping which the internet has provided for us. Ten inspirational speakers from the world of retailing, e-commerce, branding, consumer research and finance will give us their views on how the KBB industry is...

New collections from Uber Furniture feature in Articad-Pro

CAD software specialist for the KBB sector, ArtiCAD, has announced that new door and handle collections from Uber furniture are now available as comprehensive graphics catalogues in ArtiCAD-Pro. The Zen Collection from uber features a matt slab door in Pavilion (grey green) and Pearl (white) colours. Babington is a high gloss range of slab doo...

New kitchen for FIRA - sponsored by Homebase

...d its refurbished staff kitchen, sponsored by Homebase.[TRIMTO] Gordon McLaren, Head of Showroom for Homebase, visited FIRA on 21st August to officially open the kitchen, unveiling a plaque thanking Homebase for its support in the refurbishment of the facilities. FIRA has worked with Homebase for a number of years, with Homebase becoming FIRA...

Online retailer Dramco enjoys growth

Dramco is a leading online bathroom retail business based on Milton Park, Oxford, and as a result of significant and increased demand across both the trade and consumer sectors, is expanding its premises and moving from the Innovation Centre to 18A&B Milton Park.[TRIMTO] Since 2004 Dramco has become a leading online retailer within the bat...

Government publishes legislation to help accelerate major infrastructure investment and house building

...ernment intends to issue debt guarantees to support the building of new private rented sector and affordable homes. The Government is expediting the legislation to ensure that it can take forward detailed discussions with eligible commercial parties as soon as possible and subsequently provide suitable forms of guarantee. The scope of the Bil...

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...ver the past few years. And how many kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms I've given that final clean before the girls hand the keys back to the owner, (so I can be sure that everything's perfect and the deposit comes back intact). Well, when you're not familiar with a room, it's easy to see bits that have been missed in the cleaning process, isn't it?...

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Consumer advertising campaign for Karonia

...increasingly aware of the creative potential and practical benefits of manmade worksurfaces. To reinforce the versatile nature of Mistral, our advertisements will focus on dramatic installations where it has been used to great effect." Karonia has also introduced a 16 page consumer brochure which highlights the features and benefits of Mistral t...

Innostor Plus - new storage solutions from ECF

...ge trays. As an extra finishing touch, each product features a stylish branding plate. From a performance point of view, the majority of Innostor Plus products feature a soft closing action together with full extension runners, combining smooth opening and closing with low noise operation. Innostor Plus has been engineered to aid quick and easy ...

Get ahead of the curve with Franke

by John Swain, Product Manager for Franke UK The trend for curves in the kitchen - and indeed the home in general - gathers pace. Gone are the days of curve-free, boxy, linear rooms and furniture as the fashion for open-plan living and casual dining demands more flexible, soft lines.[TRIMTO] Sofas, televisions and innovative furniture and...

Ellis Furniture unveils Cambourne kitchen range

Forming part of this season's launch of new kitchens from designer and manufacturer Ellis Furniture, is the sublime Cambourne range. A very versatile collection, Cambourne can harmonise with a wide variety of property and interior decor styles, helping homeowners achieve the highly desirable shaker style, painted timber look at an affordable pric...

One drawer, one box - a new level of convenience from Hettich

Hettich's new InnoTech Drawer in a Box brings together all the elements for a drawer set in a single box, which is easy to store, transport and handle. The InnoTech platform system suits all levels of production, but with distributors and small to medium-sized manufacturers in mind, Hettich has introduced InnoTech Drawer in a Box for its most pop...

BCSC calls on Cameron to seize the initiative

...itate investment on the nation's high streets.[TRIMTO] With retail development at its lowest ebb for 30 years, never has there been a more important time to overcome the development viability issues faced as a result of current economic conditions. On behalf of its 2,500 strong membership, BCSC has therefore outlined to Government the pressing m...

Changes across the board at the KBSA

...ns, was elected as the new National Chair, taking over from Martin Thomas who has held the position for the last two and a half years. David has been a longstanding member of the KBSA, having joined as soon as he was able after opening his own showroom some 14 years ago. He is a passionate believer in the benefits of membership and says: "My ai...

The Kitchen Sink Co. now sole distributor for Lansdowne kitchen sinks and taps

...nsive portfolio of kitchen sinks, taps and accessories with the introduction of the Lansdowne range for which it has been appointed sole distributor for the UK and Ireland by Daleglen.[TRIMTO] This is regarded as a great opportunity by The Kitchen Sink Company to improve the Lansdowne supply chain and the company will be consolidating the range ...

Inta gets OEM sales expert out on the road

Anti-scald bathroom manufacturer Inta has appointed an OEM sales manager to head up the Staffordshire-based company's UK sales team. 44-year-old Andy Carpenter joins the company with a wealth of experience in the HVAC sector, having previously lead a sales team at flexible gas pipe manufacturer OmegaFlex.[TRIMTO] Stuart Gizzi, director at Inta...

Record-breaking swimmer to brave the unknown on Catalina challenge

A trip to California usually conjures up images of sun-kissed beaches, but not for one Peterborough-based Indesit employee. The company's National Account Manager Adam Walker won't be kicking back on the sand when he heads to the Sunshine Coast, as he will be attempting to conquer one of the world's toughest swims, The Catalina Channel. The...

Yvonne Orgill, of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, writes:

...y faces. He'll also take your questions, there and then. Don't be confused. Look outside the box for inspiration... And a bigger business. The Bathroom Conference 9th October 2012 -- 09.00 - 17.00 Heythrop Park Resort, Enstone, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire Day delegate rate £140: Includes talks from 10 speakers, open forum sessions...

Merchant signs up for flexible fixing solution from Croydex

... by utilising the same fixing holes, irrespective of spacing or alignment. This eradicates the need for filling holes or drilling new ones, thereby cutting down on mess and speeding up the installation process. Plumbase and Plumbline customers can take full advantage of the benefits that the Flexi-Fix system has to offer, whilst the merchant can...

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...ave your crockery sparkling on just six litres of water (having used the previous load's rinsewater for the pre-wash), fridges that tell you when your food's about to go off, ovens that do away with the headache of turning out a perfectly cooked joint of beef by calculating cooking times and temperatures for you and microwaves that glow a particula...

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Dust Control UK unveils new training programme to combat silica

...ctive pulmonary disease). "It's a very serious issue. And these figures highlight the importance for contractors to capture dust at source and prevent dusts getting airborne before it's too late. The HSE is doing a fantastic job in raising awareness of the problem, but we're here to promote best practice and make sure workers are adopting the be...

The true value and importance of a good toilet revealed...

...pend as much as three years using the toilet during our lifetime. World Toilet Organization (WTO) information suggests that we could each be using one 2,500 times year at a rate of six to eight times a day. UN figures show that nearly 40% of the world's population (the equivalent of 2.6 billion people) don't even have access to a toilet. R...

Cooking up a storm in kitchen tap designs from Pegler Yorkshire

...y of innovative and adventurous models with distinctive control mechanisms and body design, perfect for adding high-end panache to a plethora of kitchen styles. The Galiceno, known as the 'uber-professional', is a design statement that boasts a straight spout complimented by a spring tap sink mixer. Its elongated arc makes sure this is an impos...

iKBBI announces leading industry brand name as new corporate member

Highly respected for introducing Corian to the UK, Britain's original solid surface distributor CD (UK) has become a corporate member of the iKBBI.[TRIMTO] Gary Baker, Managing Director of the new corporate member says: "CD UK is delighted to be joining the iKBBI. As the exclusive distributor of DuPont Corian in the UK, we are proud of our trac...

KBSA recognises excellence at awards ceremony

The best performing Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association suppliers have been recognised during an awards ceremony at the 2012 KBBR Kitchen Conference. The awards recognise excellence in those companies that supply products to KBSA retailers and are the only awards of their kind that represent the views of retailers and not a panel of...

KBSA AGM National Meeting and Awards a great success

...d with the positive feedback we have received afterwards," says KBSA CEO Graham Ball. "Our theme for this event was Survive & Prosper and all three external speakers covered a different element. Robert Woods from the Bank of England provided some interesting statistics and forecasts on the economy. His presentation illustrated the fascinati...

The Basis of a beautiful kitchen

...ation, is designed to bring colour and style to all kitchen design schemes. Reflecting the trend for the return of colour to the kitchen, the sleek, smooth sinks are available in Polar White, Coffee or Onyx. The sink features a contemporary drainer design and is made from Fragranite impregnated with 'Sanitized' hygiene solution providing last...

Lower costs of buying, rather than renting a home, impacts positively on the industry

...y than rent, putting home ownership within reach of millions looking to get on the property ladder. For those who can save a deposit, the extra money freed up by paying a mortgage rather than paying rent, makes purchasing home improvement items a lot easier - and the industry is already seeing a difference.[TRIMTO] Kitchen Doors Workshop is an o...

Illegal gas fitter put lives in danger in Rochdale

...ion classified as 'immediately dangerous' at one house on Holmes Street in Rochdale.[TRIMTO] Trafford Magistrates' Court heard that Mr Gregory had installed a new boiler and gas hob at the property during a four-month period last year, despite not being a registered gas fitter. Shortly after the installation had been completed, the owner of t...

Autumn promotion from Hepplewhite

Fitted bedroom furniture company Hepplewhite is offering its best-performing dealers the chance to win some fantastic new technology as a sales incentive this Autumn. For every £1000 worth of orders received at Hepplewhite during the promotional period of 22nd September to 30th November 2012, retailers will receive a virtual ticket. Th...

British Ceramic Tile ride to success for Cancer Research UK

...e endured harrowing hill climbs and sore limbs all in the name of charity, raising over £1000 for Cancer Research UK.[TRIMTO] The six employees from British Ceramic Tile's commercial team rode to success in the 'Moor 2 Sea' cycling event earlier this month. The challenging 67 mile course, which began at Exeter Racecourse, led the group thr...

Ellis Furniture introduces minimo push-to-open technology

...amp; marketing director, Peter Elson, says: "Minimo offers a great upgrade from handle-less designs for those who want the very latest in kitchen design. Minimo looks great and works well with many contemporary and traditional designs. It creates a very attractive sleek and seamless finish to any kitchen." T: 01484 514 212 W: www.elliskitchens....

BMA takes on marathon running shopaholic

...n and Business Studies at Leeds University. She has moved to Stoke and has already started training for her first marathon. T: 01782 631619 E: info@bathroom-association.org.uk W: www.bathroom-association.org   ...

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...heavy storms have only recently managed to move back in. With all this water about, it's easy to forget that there is actually a shortage of the stuff, isn't it? Yet more than 11% of Europeans and 17% of Europe's territory have been affected by water scarcity in recent years, costing the EU an estimated €100 billion in damages and lost econ...

News in Brief

...soring this meeting and invitations will be sent out to KBSA members at around the end of April. For further information; to find out more about the benefits of being a KBSA member: T: 01623 818808 E: Dawnharlow@kbsa.org.uk   www.kbsa.org.uk ...

PEKA Sesam awarded Red Dot Design Award

The PEKA Sesam storage system for cleaning cupboards, available exclusively in the UK from LDL Components, has been awarded the Red Dot award for Product Design 2012. According to the statement from the judging panel: "The consistently functional style of this robust cleaning cupboard storage system offers convincing user benefits."[TRIMTO] Se...

Latest KBB sales & customer care course impressed delegates

Blum hosted the latest one day Sales & Customer Care course for the KBB industry on 26th September at its training facility in Milton Keynes. The course was attended by 10 delegates who were schooled on the skills and techniques that would help them improve their lead conversions and profitable sales, together with lessons on how to improve c...

Saniflo off piste!

...a to utilise space underneath an existing artificial ski slope initially proved a problem. Plumbing for facilities would be difficult due to the distance to mains pipework, but this issue was quickly overcome with the help of Saniflo, whose products are designed to go where conventional drainage cannot. A Sanicubic unit was recommended and install...

Sleek and efficient by design: new Aquacurve from Leisure Sinks

...ated swan neck design. Available in a polished chrome finish, the competitively priced tap is ideal for the domestic or contract markets.[TRIMTO] The new model features ergonomically designed quarter turn handles for precise flow control, as well as a spout that pivots 360 degrees to allow easy rinsing from the fixed head. Aquacurve (TCR1CM) ...

Bushboard adds sensational new surfaces to its Prima worktop range

Living up to its new corporate strapline of 'sensational surfaces for your kitchen', Bushboard has added six new worktop designs, two new textures, 10 new splashback colours, its exclusive Q3 edge profile and design-friendly shaped components to its updated Prima 40mm laminate worktop range. Prima is launched this week, supported by a new POS pac...

EQ Software mean business with new Director of Sales & Marketing

...ational development strategy. With more than 25 years in the software industry, Markl has worked for the likes of JBA, IBM and Oracle and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the newly created role at EQ. Managing Director Leigh Martin says: " We are delighted with the appointment for this vital sales & marketing role. Mark's ex...

Abode chosen by John Lewis

...John Lewis has chosen Abode to supply the Group with a host of design-led bathroom taps and showers for its new in-store bathroom departments. John Lewis recently launched a fully fitted bathroom design and installation service, offering everything from sanitaryware and brassware to heating, tiling, baths and showers. Abode already has a very g...

Ellis Furniture raises funds for local hospice

...er and manufacturer of bathroom and kitchen furniture, held a charity football match to raise funds for a local Huddersfield hospice.[TRIMTO] The two teams - The Office Coats sporting a blue kit and The Factory Tools in a red kit - played a gruelling game to raise £800 for Kirkwood Hospice, which provides specialist care, free of charge, t...

Government to charge businesses £124hr for Health & Safety fails

The Health & Safety Executive has recently confirmed that its cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI), will start on 1st October 2012, meaning that business owners need to start taking a more proactive approach now. FFI aims to recover costs from those who break health & safety laws for the time and effort HSE spends helping to...

New home applications still below last year's levels

Latest year-to-date figures release today for new home registrations in the UK reveal that house building levels continue to fall, according to NHBC. In August 2012, the number of new homes registered with NHBC dropped to 9,553, 4% below August last year (9,978) and taking overall year to date totals for 2012 to 72,740 applications; a 15% decr...

PASMA slams incompetent ceiling contractor following serious fall from height incident

...his brain has had a "long-term impact on his personality", as well as leaving him in intensive care for a fortnight. In addition to this, he suffered a collapsed lung and broken bones, and has been unable to return to work. The mobile tower's wheels did not have its brakes engaged; causing it to move while work was being carried out on it. There...

Life looks better in HD with British Ceramic Tile's new ceramic tile collection, HD Origin

...possible to distinguish from real stone, such is the quality and accuracy of the print. Suitable for entrance lobbies, hallways, bathrooms, kitchens and more, HD Origin is a hard-wearing, cost effective alternative to natural stone, which offers a range of realistic stone effects from marble through to sandstone all within a neutral colour palet...

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...ow these appliances asked by the manufacturer to try and follow the manual to see that it's right before it's printed? Never one to give up, I managed to set the clock in my own way and now mostly it matches the clock on the microwave above it. The fact that one's some 15 seconds ahead of the other? Well, mum's just going to have to live with th...

News in Brief

...eeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are likely to be some lengthy delays, so if you're scheduling deliveries, or plan...

Business leader warns companies about investing outside established markets

The head of Europe's leading employers' body has called for companies that have their principal markets in Europe to reassess the risks and opportunities of concentrating their production and service centres at locations far removed from their customers.[TRIMTO] At a talk delivered to major international companies yesterday, the Secretary-Gener...

Symphony adds important green award to its collection

... ensures 100% of waste from Symphony's manufacturing processes is recycled, reused or reconstituted for other purposes. The Zero Waste to Landfill initiative represents a responsible next step in environmental stewardship, both through the effective management of by-products and also the elimination of materials going into landfills. "Symphony i...

Tradesmen need to take online reputation management seriously...

...r online reputation to avoid potential disaster.[TRIMTO] Over 85% of purchasers research the web for reviews and feedback before making a purchase and 70% of potential customers will not make an inquiry if they read negative mentions of a brand or company. Only 5% of purchasers look beyond the first page of search results, showing how vital it i...

Amica set to bring Red Dot winning oven to UK... if market wants it!

The Red Dot Best of The Best oven, Zen, from Amica, is being considered for the UK market following IFA, Berlin. But the company would like input from the UK kitchen and electrical retailers on its unusual qualities.[TRIMTO] Amica Zen pictured here is an environmentally sound, technically advanced oven conceived for consumers searching for tr...

Ellis Furniture builds for the future with significant investment

...stallation of state of the art machinery and up to the minute technology, as well as an expanded worforce at the Huddersfield site.[TRIMTO] Investment has been made in new machinery including a radio frequency press for the production of a new range of handle-less timber doors, a multi-rip saw and a profile moulder which help to create complex f...

A self sustaining solution for electronically controlled taps

...e building and refurbishment of commerical projects to ensure that they meet the necessary criteria for efficiency and sustainability, Geberit has launched a new innovation that ensures its electronically controlled taps are the most energy efficient on the market.[TRIMTO] Geberit's electronically controlled taps can now be fitted with a self-su...

Another success in the kitchen for Hi-Macs

...rylic stone, has given rise to Kook and Karan, two kitchens manufactured by Aran Cucine, remarkable for their ultimate originality.[TRIMTO] The exclusive concept of Kook, which was presented at Eurocucina 2012 (Milan International Furniture Fair), is distinguished by sinuous silhouettes and an entirely innovative ergonomic design, which was made...

Carron Phoenix announces the sale of its commercial business to Franke UK

Carron Phoenix has agreed the sale and transfer of its commercial business to Franke UK, forming a single legal entity for the trading of both brands in the UK and Ireland markets.[TRIMTO] Carron Phoenix has been part of the Swiss-owned Franke Group for 22 years and until now has traded autonomously. The merger will consolidate functions within...

Showerwall - see it on You Tube

Showerwall, the waterproof laminate wallpanelling system for bathrooms, has notched up almost 40,000 viewings since it made its debut on You Tube six months ago in April.[TRIMTO] Part of the communication strategy to promote brand awareness, the company posted its installation films on the site. The DVD is also available free of charge to bath...

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...asion and even deigned to present the awards). Sometimes controversial, they provide some real food for thought, so make sure you don't miss them... Yours,   Jan Hobbs   ...

Furniture retail quality Group publishes new guide for glass in furniture

FIRA has announced the publication of a new industry Standard for glass in furniture: FIRA-FRQG G001 Glass in furniture - requirements. The document has been produced by FIRA in conjunction with the Furniture Retail Quality Group (FRQG), comprising technologists from the major retailers of furniture in the UK. It has been introduced to ensure that...

News in Brief

...eeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are likely to be some lengthy delays, so if you're scheduling deliveries, or plan...

Hettich App now available

...furniture fittings App to be offered in the UK. The UK is among 20 countries selected by Hettich for the initial roll-out of the App, and it is available free through the Apple App Store. The Hettich App offers several functions for carpenters and interior decorators, hardware retailers, furniture designers and those employed in the furniture...

White open-zone induction hob joins intelligent cooking from Amica

...e new Amica white induction hob provides a blend of minimalism and advanced, flexible functionality for today's contemporary interiors. The centre of each heating zone on the elegant, white easy-clean glass surface is indicated only by a small star. The four zones - 2 x 22cm and 2 x 18cm - are controlled using a centrally located front flush di...

Products and innovations show award-winning credentials

...y of Laufen products continually win over international judges, with top awards being won this year for individual products and materials. The company is particularly excited to pick up two iF Design Awards for 2012, a highly sought-after symbol of innovation and excellence in the design world. The manufacturer's livingsquare washbasin picked u...

Companies north of the border to get lifesaving advice

...ht, stone cutting and the hazardous dust it creates, mechanical handling and welfare - as well as information on the risks from asbestos and the steps that can be taken to prevent exposure. "It is through events like this that HSE is working with the industry to help rid construction of its reputation as one of Scotland's most dangerous industri...

Gorenje partners with London charity RADICLE

... And Drop-In Centres London Enterprises). RADICLE provides emotional and practical support services for isolated and vulnerable people in the local area, including three residential schemes for homeless young mothers and their babies, two drop-in centres used by over 700 older people, and a nursery visited by more than 50 local families.[TRIMTO] ...

Axor Starck Organic: Harmony of head and heart

... A new type of spray brings a new water sensation to the wash basin and there are separate controls for water volume and temperature. Produced using an innovative and sustainable manufacturing process, it is intuitive, ergonomic and economical.[TRIMTO] "To me, the essence of our work consists of allowing people to experience the fascination of w...

Annual Bathroom Conference - The Retail Revolution:

...ersive experiences. Brands like Westfield bring in bowling alleys, ice skating and superstars to perform. People now think of it akin to Selfridges rather than Brent Cross. They took the brand values of a higher-end proposition and emulated them. We built three shopper profiles which will help businesses navigate the new shopper mentality. If yo...

Annual Bathroom Conference - Bathroom market dampened by economy, says GfK

...dged up one point to -28 in September. It is, however, uncertain if this slight rise is a precursor for future trends or just an end of summer blip. This GfK consumer confidence index highlighted that in August 2012, 52% of consumers felt that the economic situation would get worse over the next 12 months. Similarly, 45% of consumers felt it would ...

Annual Bathroom Conference - New Defra head of water lauds industry's Water Label efforts

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs' new head of water supply and infrastructure opened the Conference by praising the work the industry has carried out to encourage consumers to save water. Chris Preston from Defra confirmed the Government's commitment to reducing legislative 'red tape' as well as being 'the greenest gover...

Annual Bathroom Conference - Government austerity is killing consumer spending

... 2010, growth is slowing and turbulence remains high. Scott Livermore, chief operating officer at Oxford Economics, asks just when will we see a UK recovery? The impact of the global financial crisis is clear to see, with recovery hampered by ongoing Eurozone sovereign debt crisis. In 2011 manufacturing decelerated globally - declining in the Eu...

Annual Bathroom Conference - Good digital is just about connecting stuff with people who want stuff

... of the independent players. With digital, you aren’t competing head-to-head in The Telegraph for share of voice. You can win. “The technical execution of digital is a very tiny proportion of Google. It is like wanting a drink and worrying too much about the glass that holds it. Whether the drink is a Diet Coke or a gin and tonic is ...

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Welcome to the KBzine   There's been a surprising upturn for this time of year at my weekend job/hobby selling houses. Generally, come mid-October, the market dies down as people start to gear up for Christmas, but it's got really busy lately and it's taken everyone by surprise. Speaking to my counterparts in othe...

Leader

...the country and in some areas having fallen by as much as 30%, the promise of a rate reduction was, for some, an incentive to struggle on. Now that this incentive has been removed I wonder how many more retailers will shut their doors for good... Yours, Jan Hobbs   ...

News in Brief

...eeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are likely to be some lengthy delays, so if you're scheduling deliveries, or plan...

Cutting a greener deal for consumers

Huge improvements in appliance performance now mean that replacing an old fridge freezer can bring the same environmental benefit as installing double-glazing according to AMDEA (The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances). The industry is calling on Government to work with it to encourage consumers to replace their old appliances an...

Amica to introduce @micaSmart - at the heart of the kitchen

...ch-control TFT programmer on the top models from its Platinum oven collection.[TRIMTO] In a leap forward from the brand's innovative i-Cook Timer, launched with its 2011 Platinum collection, @micaSmart is a 7in. interactive touch control colour screen and programmer. The @micaSmart graphic interface provides fluid finger movement control which...

Assign - next-generation mobile and field workforce scheduling software launched

Wheatley Associates has launched Assign, its next-generation mobile and field workforce scheduling and productivity software solution.[TRIMTO] With its combined focus on usability and functionality, Assign radically rethinks the concept of real-time scheduling. Its highly intuitive user interface provides extremely easy access to a wealth of f...

US home remodelling spending set to accelerate

...Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released yesterday by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The LIRA suggests that the seeds for what appears to be a very robust remodelling recovery have been planted, with annual homeowner improvement spending expected to reach double-digit growth in the first ...

Volante sliding door system - new from ECF

...ing door storage systems over standard hinged doors are well known and have been utilised in Europe for many years. Their space saving characteristics, the ease of access they afford, and their sleek contemporary styling makes them a highly practical solution for the homes of today. ECF's Volante sliding door system follows these principles, helpin...

Nolte Kuchen Inhouse Fair 2012 a real success

Nolte Küchen's Information & Exhibition Centre was open to the trade audience from September for a week last month, proudly presenting a fresh design during the - as usual - unlimited opening hours in the evenings. This year the focus wasn't only on product though. A completely new website including Social Media presence, an advanced K...

New Polypipe MVHR performs well and is simple to install and operate

...ine HRX range of Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery appliances, incorporating advanced technology for maximum performance and innovative design for simple installation and operation.[TRIMTO] Manufactured in the UK, the new 2010 Building Regulations compliant and SAP Q listed appliances recover up to 88% of a home's waste heat. The units work ...

New appointment puts emphasis on export opportunities

...he role of Export Sales Manager.[TRIMTO] As a clear indication of the company's long-term vision for continual investment in the overseas market, Jason's role will involve overseeing the company's growing export sales team to ensure the Croydex and Damixa brands are household names the world over. With more than 20 years' experience in the ba...

F & P Wholesale launches luxurious Diamond Collection and Refressshed brochure

... ranges available in the UK.[TRIMTO] Combining leading designs with high quality and reliable performance, the Fressh Bathrooms range has been exclusively available to F & P Wholesale customers since 2007. The latest addition to the range - the Diamond Collection - provides retailers with a luxurious range of products to create the perfect b...

Record month for Schuller sees new record set for September

InHouse has broken the €1 million barrier for Schüller sales in September. The month is 40% up on last year and puts InHouse in line for another record breaking year. Wayne Dance, Managing Director of InHouse, says: "We had a great start to the year with the KBB exhibition. Schüller has been fantastic at totally reinventing its ...

Ellis Furniture creates bright kitchens with the new Solar range

... bright gloss white and features a 19mm high gloss foil wrapped door with matching melamine reverse for a seamless finish. The one piece shaker style door sits on the renowned 18mm glued and dowelled Ellis carcase. Shown here in gloss cream with polished chrome bar handles, Mercury glass splashbacks, and solid maple worktops, the result is a won...

MP Rob Flello visits Inta after Staffordshire Legionella outbreak

Anti-scald tap, shower and valve manufacturer Inta has received a commitment from Rob Flello, MP for Stoke-on-Trent South, that he will push for a review of the part G building regulations in Parliament after learning that lack of enforcement is compromising bathroom health and safety.[TRIMTO] The MP visited Inta's Staffordshire headquarters t...

Gorenje and Ecover striving for the same goals

...enje and Ecover are pioneering in the development of new technologies and materials that are better for the environment, whilst continuously searching for new ways to reduce the use of energy resources - and the amount of waste produced during the production process.[TRIMTO] Along with being environmentally friendly, both companies strive to be ...

A green sweep for Lec

...of the most energy efficient on the market, with reduced carbon emissions and reduced running costs for consumers. Lec products can now be found on the Energy Saving Trust website, created for consumers in search of the most energy efficient products in their class, and will be labelled with the Energy Saving Trust Recommended label to enable co...

News in Brief

...eeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are likely to be some lengthy delays, so if you're scheduling deliveries, or plan...

Lawcris opens new doors with Hettich

The practicality, performance and style of Hettich's sliding door mechanisms are now available from Lawcris. The nationwide distributor of panel products and fittings has chosen to stock a choice of InLine and TopLine systems as part of an expanded Hettich offering.[TRIMTO] Hettich's sliding door range offers special features for particular tw...

Leader

...disrupting chemicals – and to promote recycling. He criticised the waste disposal business for its “vested interests”, which he said were preventing society from tackling full on the problem of plastic waste in the same way that it tackled drink driving. “I hope some people will be embarrassed out of their comfortable way...

Soapbox: One swallow does not make a Summer

... the Federation of European Employers, comments on the latest UK GDP figures... The UK's Office for National Statistics has just published GDP figures for Q3 2012. Although these show the UK economy to have officially grown by 1% since Q2 2012 little can be assumed from a single statistic and the continued decline of the construction sector ind...

Team Roman runs up funds

A team of Roman employees has raised more than £2300 for charity by participating in the Great North Run and the Bristol Half Marathon in September. The charities set to receive funds from the team includes; Help for Heroes, NSPCC, Cancer Research UK, Marie Curie, Yorkshire Cancer Research and Tree of Hope. Five ladies took part in th...

IDS announces winner of its national design competition for the company's new HQ

...Potter's Club in Stoke last Thursday where it announced the three winners of a national competition for students to design aspects of its new company headquarters centred around IDS's core values of innovation, creativity and sustainability.[TRIMTO] The competition was launched in partnership with Staffordshire University and the National Design...

FIRA strengthens its testing team

...has been appointed as Operations Manager - Testing. He will play a key role in taking the business forward and holds day-to-day responsibility for laboratory management. Paul Greenbank, a highly experienced testing professional, having worked for BSI and run a test laboratory in Egypt, has been promoted to Deputy Manager - Technical, focusing o...

Azea launches 2013 behavioural safety training campaign for construction and utilities sectors

...ramme (knowledge dispels fear) * Work together in harmony (creating a common goal drives performance) * Aim for objectives within the programme (motivates through setting achievable goals) * Adhere to something that they believe in (if they understand and believe in it they will accept it) Azea offers a variety of structu...

Abode introduces Euphoria shower pack

...cation showers and accessories are designed to present consumers with the widest choice of products for their bathrooms and en-suite shower-rooms. The new Euphoria Shower Pack is now launched to the market. This low pressure, complete shower pack is available in a chrome finish and comes complete with safety thermostatic valve and riser kit. ...

10 new high gloss colours from Renolit

...it Alkoren high gloss colours with the addition of 10 new colours i to its collection of classic 3D forming foils. High Gloss remains a strong market trend and the introduction of these new items provides the market with attractive, high performing products in a range of commercial colours. Fragrantly named in Italian after popular varieties ...

KitchenAid teams up with baker

...nt styles and flavours, aiming to impress friends and family, many are turning to dedicated schools for advice and expertise.[TRIMTO] Perfect for those who wish to bake delicious bread and cakes, Maria Mayerhofer, a passionate and experienced chef originally from Denmark, has opened a London cookery school, The Baking Lab, using top of the range...

Charnwood Period Style bedroom doors look the business but don't break the budget!

...F gives the frontal appearance of a traditionally constructed door, yet maintains the flexibility afforded by the modern manufacturing methods used in the production of vinyl wrapped doors.[TRIMTO] A combination of modern materials and techniques, coupled with hand assembly and finishing come together to create a truly stunning period style bedr...

Leader

... vast choice of products my nearest Comet superstore currently offers. But at least I'm not looking for a new job... I gather also that Homebase is planning to close some stores over the coming year - which is where lots of my friends go to look for new kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. I have to admit that I refused to shop in my local out-of-t...

News in Brief

...eeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are likely to be some lengthy delays, so if you're scheduling deliveries, or plan...

Bushboard unleashes potential of quartz worksurfaces with pioneering M-Stone range

...unching in mid-November its pioneering new M-Stone quartz worksurfaces which are supplied in blanks for easy installation direct on site. With market-leading laminate and solid surface brands under its belt, Bushboard is extending its offer with a man-made quartz worksurface brand, titled M-Stone, enabling it compete in the granite sector for th...

Franke welcomes new Northern Regional Sales Manager

...am delighted to have joined Franke, a company that is held in such high regard in the industry". For further information, contact 0161 436 6280, or visit www.franke.co.uk ...

FIRA and UK Trade & Investment successfully launch Furniture Export Hub

...ent UKTI have successfully recently launched the FIRA Furniture Export Hub, an online reference hub for those within the furniture industry looking to export products or expertise to overseas markets.[TRIMTO] The event, held at FIRA's Stevenage office, attracted a number of delegates from various organisations within the furniture industry and w...

Government's flagship employment programme off to a promising start, but low employer awareness hinders progress

...ts met or exceeded their expectations and more than half (58%) said candidates were better prepared for interviews and demonstrated better presentation skills as a result of the programme. It also found that the number of organisations that plan to participate in the Work Programme will increase moderately during the next three years. However, t...

Construction weakness continues in October amid further fall in new work

In figures released recently, October data highlighted another difficult month for the UK construction sector, with the latest Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI survey showing a subdued trend in output levels alongside moderate reductions in new work and employment.[TRIMTO] Adjusted for seasonal factors, the Index registered 50.9 in October, up ...

Crosswater announce key national sales drivers

...ably from his most recent sales & marketing management roles at Grohe. Mark will be responsible for covering the South, South West, South East and London areas. Having held a number of sales positions in the bathroom industry, Stuart Telfer joined Crosswater in 2009 as an area manager. As Joint National Sales Manager, he will cover Scotland,...

BTCC season closes with success for Gorenje-sponsored driver

...ollected the HiQ and Independent Teams' trophy, while as a Honda driver he was in the winning group for the Manufacturers'/Constructors' Championship. Andrew's state of the art Honda Civic from Pirtek Racing, which features the Gorenje logo on the front and tail wings, was highly visible throughout the ITV4 coverage of the day's races, giving th...

Lakes Bathrooms reintroduces stone resin trays

...t, low profile tray ranges in Acrylic Capped Resin and Sheet Moulded Compound, but sustained demand for traditional trays has sparked the launch of a new stone resin range.[TRIMTO] The new stone resin range of shower trays includes quadrant, offset quadrant, rectangular and square shapes, with sizes ranging from 700mm square, up to 1700mm wide. ...

Hepplewhite launches retailer days

...ure and price list. Four events will take place across the UK in December providing an opportunity for retailers to receive details of the latest updates and improvements to the extensive product ranges. Tim Gent, Hepplewhite national sales manager, says: "We are proud of our reputation of providing unrivalled customer service to our retailers....

Mereway Kitchens launches Premium Partners programme

...d high quality British kitchen manufacturers, Mereway, has launched a Premium Partnership programme for dealers that will support and reward those retailers selling the Mereway Kitchens portfolio.[TRIMTO] The programme which has been successfully piloted in a number of areas will be rolled out across the entire network this month and includes 17...

Whirlpool's Eco Monitor guarantees energy optimisation

...ense the load in the machine, calculate the feedback, and then display the final energy consumption for that particular programme. This then allows consumers to decide if they are happy with the amount of energy that would be consumed by a programme, and gives them the option to choose a more eco-friendly cycle for their load if required. The Ec...

Her name is Rio...

...ity solid brass body, the Rio range works on a minimum water pressure of 0.5 bar, rising to 1.0 bar for the three and five-hole bath fillers. It goes without saying that the brassware range is manufactured to exacting standards featuring a single lever control for easy adjustment of water flow (move the lever back) and temperature control (move the...

CRL launches 6K Hydrophobic Surface Protection System - it isn't like other glass coatings!

...s a hydrophobic, water repellent nanocoating, the hydro- and oleo phobic effects makes it difficult for particles of contamination such as grease and dirt to adhere and allows them to be easily removed, without applying abrasive agents - giving the 'easy-clean' effect. Easily applied in two stages to give a three year protection lifespan, 6K al...

Industry taskforce pushes forward on key Portas recommendation

The newly-formed, industry led, cross-sector taskforce has agreed to undertake a review of UK towns and cities to identify through empirical research the property-related barriers to the vitality and performance of town centres.[TRIMTO] The taskforce has been set up following the Government's response to the recommendations from the Mary Portas...

Leader

Welcome to the KBzine A press release I received last week for use in KBzine's sister publication, The Cleanzine, quoted research which showed that one in 10 bank cards and one in seven bank notes are contaminated with faecal matter. Other well-used plastic items, such as computer keyboards, telephones, door handles, etc, ar...

Leader

Welcome to the KBzine A press release I received last week for use in KBzine's sister publication, The Cleanzine, quoted research which showed that one in 10 bank cards and one in seven bank notes are contaminated with faecal matter. Other well-used plastic items, such as computer keyboards, telephones, door handles, etc, ar...

News in Brief

...eeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are likely to be some lengthy delays, so if you're scheduling deliveries, or plan...

Larger waterproof TVs for lucky bathers...

...nput and IR in/out connections. The A-type televisions include RS232 connection and audio output for home network integration. The entire range is available in black, polar white or MirrorVision - when the television is switched off, the glass takes the form of a mirror that is suitable for shaving, make-up etc. When it is turned on, the mir...

EQ Software develops TradeZone Ordering Link for PWS

...specific business management and eCommerce solutions provider, has revolutionised the order process for the PWS TradeZone online ordering system. The kitchen components and worksurfaces supplier turned to EQ Software to develop the 'live' link between the two systems and provide the fastest, most efficient and informative way for customers to pl...

Mission to reduce Malta's water consumption

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering answered a call for help from the Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology recently and is now involved with helping Malta to reduce water consumption.[TRIMTO] The country attracts hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers to its shores each year, which may be good for the econo...

Soapbox: World Toilet Day - what can you do?

...nne Orgill, Chief Executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association Although it's unthinkable for those of us living in the more wealthy parts of the world, it is a harsh reality that one in three people on our tiny planet don't have access to either a toilet or drinkable water.[TRIMTO] Poor sanitation and lack of access to clean water is ...

Kitchen Magic now offers free fitting on all kitchen refurbishments

...refurbishment specialists, has announced the launch of its free fitting service. The new offer reinforces the company's commitment to providing a great selection of high quality finishes for built-in kitchens whilst saving customers' time, money and effort.[TRIMTO] "It's important to us that our customers achieve their dream kitchen in the most...

British Ceramic Tile makes life look better for retailers with launch of 'HD Origin' marketing campaign

British Ceramic Tile is making life look better for independent retailers with the creation of a new marketing campaign to support the launch of its new HD (High Definition) Origin collection.[TRIMTO] The new campaign, which rolls out across independent retailers this month, aims to demystify some of the myths and preconceptions surrounding im...

Essential Value range from Carron Phoenix is outstandingly good value

...d. There are no hidden extras and no juggling around with price upgrades, keeping things simple for the retailer while offering the consumer a great design choice. There are thirteen styles of sink in both inset and undermount, with choices in granite, ceramic and stainless steel available. Seven styles of tap are available to complement the...

iKBBI has new staff member

...nstallers welcomed new staff member Jackie Wood to the team in October. Jackie takes responsibility for member compliance, focusing on the insurance, gas & electrical credentials of new applicants and current members.[TRIMTO] As member numbers continue to grow, the iKBBI is keen to ensure compliance policing centrally remains a key priority,...

Imperial Bathrooms unveils stunning new trade showroom

...ounces the opening of its stunning new showroom in November 2012 that has been exclusively designed for bathroom retailers and contract customers. Coinciding with the launch of the company's new 2013 Design Guide and website, the 1,500 square feet showroom in Aldridge, West Midlands, will showcase Imperial's new, spectacular bathroom collections.[T...

...ed a new showroom in Brentwood in direct response to the high levels of demand in and around London for the brand. The showroom also enhances the areas that are already covered by the existing showrooms in Altrincham, Alderley Edge, and Esher.[TRIMTO] The showroom has been designed to showcase the very best of what Tom Howley has to offer with a...

Ecobuild the future at ExCeL, London, 5th - 7th March 2013...

Ecobuild has announced the line-up for its highly anticipated conference programme -produced in association with the UK Green Building Council -which will run alongside the show next year from 5th - 7th March. More than 1,100 industry experts, ministers and VIPs from across the sustainable built environment will take centre stage at the heart o...

Energy efficiency projects in construction successful despite economic crisis

...ergy and energy efficiency projects in the construction industry has shown. Twenty-two coordinators for Concerto projects subsidised by the EU went to the Brussels conference to share their experiences. The Irish Republic has been one of the countries most hard-hit by the financial crisis; "This has been a success during the deepest crisis Irela...

PWS features on BBC News Live

...view was broadcast on BBC News Live as well as BBC World Radio, with a third interview being filmed for the local BBC Look North programme.[TRIMTO] The BBC selected four companies on Aycliffe's Business Park, one of which was PWS' neighbours, Roman Showers. It was a great boost for the market that the kitchen and bathroom sectors were so well r...

KBSA welcomes new kitchen design foundation degree

...ersity to shape the degree which will be open to students in September 2013. "This is great news for our industry and a landmark development in the provision of relevant and recognisable training standards for KBB professionals," says KBSA CEO Graham Ball. "These graduates would be an asset to any company and we hope that everyone will suppo...

Starplan Bedrooms joins TFO as full member

...not just manufacture the products; it designs, makes, sells and fits them - ensuring the best value for money for consumers. "Since opening our first furniture showroom in 1972, Starplan Bedrooms has always been determined to offer top quality bedroom furniture and beds at good value prices and to give customers the highest possible service," sa...

Thanks KBzine!

...ewsletter! Great work--you really push the boundaries in research, developing issues, and general information about Kitchen and Bath and business. Thanks so much! I just wish I could access some of the similar products offered there, here in the US. Thanks again for the good work! Scott Haig, CKD Bay Area Kitchens 17306 Highway 3 Webster, ...

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...vice, I must recommend the staff a B&Q Leatherhead (and B&Q everywhere, from my experience) for their bend-over-backward helpfulness when I called in last week to buy loft insulation. They didn't make me feel stupid at my inability to work out how much I needed but instead appeared impressed by the product knowledge I'd gained via the Inter...

News in Brief

...eeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are likely to be some lengthy delays, so if you're scheduling deliveries, or plan...

Homeowner demand for expert advice soars at Grand Designs Live

...itors' questions on buying a new kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or home office. "Our expert Alan Stanford was busy all day every day such was the demand for advice, proving that homeowners are not looking for quick fixes but wanting to invest in quality improvements in their homes," says Ruth Ward, KBSA sales & marketing director. "Many enqui...

S& P's European building materials sector report predicts uncertain future

...rtain end markets, as well as increasing input and fixed cost inflation which are likely to persist for the next 12 - 18 months. [TRIMTO] It does, however, report that light building product manufacturers are continuing to outperform heavy material producers. It singles out companies with exposure to renovation, remodelling and improvement as be...

Bushboard scores a hat trick with its new Prima splashback collection

...surface, upstand or splashback. Four new plain colours have been added too, responding to the trend for heritage colours in kitchen design. These provide design-led contrast options with worksurfaces. The colours are Olive Green (pictured with the new Ebony woodgrain design), Iris, Graphite and Aquamarine. Splashbacks are available in two sizes ...

Will demand for water outstrip supply by 2030?

... executives from around the world finds that nearly 40% of the executives questioned believe demand for water is "highly likely" to outstrip supply by 2030. Most of the other respondents predict the risk is "moderately likely." The study was conducted by The Economist magazine's Economist Intelligence Unit and involved 244 senior water utilit...

British Ceramic Tile and Tile Town support charity project Houses 2 Homes - as seen on Channel 4

...r its support to Houses 2 Homes (H2H), a pioneering initiative through which ex-service people transform derelict properties into habitable homes for fellow veterans and their families.[TRIMTO] After seeing a call to arms by interior designer George Clarke on Twitter, British Ceramic Tile joined forces with Derbyshire-based retailer Tile Town to...

SBID launches CPD accreditation

... accredited Continuing Professional Development programme has been launched to an exacting standard for members and qualifying companies that wish to attend or host an event.[TRIMTO] SBID is the national representative organisation of UK for interior design professionals to the European Council of Interior Architects. Since 2009 through SBID Bri...

The Furniture Ombudsman and Office of Fair Trading working together

...nked to the OFT logo provides a number of resources, including a selection of videos that provide information on consumer law and where further information can be obtained. There are also links to interactive tools that provide information on compliance with the Sale of Goods Act and Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations. These includ...

Recent regional meeting a success for the KBSA

...ssociation held a successful regional meeting in Gloucestershire recently, hosted by regional chair for the South West Julian Bayliss.[TRIMTO] The meeting was sponsored by Hoover Candy and included an appliance market update from Maurizio Severgnini, Managing Director, Hoover Candy Built-in Division and a presentation on lighting trends from J...

Shard's luxury Shangri-la Hotel exclusively tiled with BAL

... square metres of tiling will be fixed exclusively with BAL products.[TRIMTO] Much of the tiling for both walls and floors will be marble specially imported from China. It will be used in every one of the 170 bedrooms and 25 suites, including the Presidential Suite, which all feature underfloor heating. It will also be used in the public areas, ...

Tuscan engineered flooring range is faster to fit with the new 5GS locking system.

...installation time by as much as 25% compared to the previous profile. Timber offers a warm, high performance flooring material which is ideal for open plan living.[TRIMTO] 5G is so called because it represents the fifth generation development in floor locking systems and features an improved and faster method for installation. With 5GS there is ...

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...place continuity when employees are on holiday is tough at the best of times... attempting to cover for what may be longish-term, short-notice breaks is likely to induce a real headache and for some small businesses... well... it could actually break them. And what will happen to workplace camaraderie when several people want to be off at the same ...

News in Brief

...eeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are likely to be some lengthy delays, so if you're scheduling deliveries, or plan...

Ellis Furniture expands bathroom range

...The modern Cube range has also now been married with the character and warmth of real timber in the form of Dominica American Walnut (pictured) featuring a solid timber frame and veneered centre panel. With a wide selection of unit sizes and combinations available - including base units, tall cabinets, countertop units and wall units - it is possib...

KBSA retailers offer vital protection in volatile market

...l necessary precautions when making a major home purchase... so says the national trade association for the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom industry, the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association. The warning comes just a month after the bathroom brands, bathrooms4all and Victorian Bathrooms; part of bathroom retailer Traditional Contempora...

Geberit Monolith - new colourway, same innovative method of converting to wall-hung

...end look of wall-hung, Geberit's Monolith module is now available in a new Umbra colourway. Perfect for adding a touch of warmth to any bathroom, the neutral, smokey brown hue of umbra ensures that the sanitary module will blend seamlessly into its environment.[TRIMTO] Ideal for creating a minimal finish in any sized bathroom, the Monolith sanit...

Hoover Candy backs up latest research on consumers' energy efficiency views

...sful this year and it is clear that consumers are more concerned with energy efficiency than ever before." Another startling statistic from the Mintel research shows that a further 60% of respondents say a water-saving mode is crucial to any appliance purchase, while 37% plan to purchase an energy-efficient appliance this year. "Many of our i...

Soapbox: Why we should all ignore GDP statistics

... The mix of components in the basket of goods and services used is changing all the time (as when, for instance, fuel prices rise) and yet the weightings used to compile the index are fixed for a year - or even longer. Possibly the biggest distortion occurs because the population generating GDP is constantly changing and is not constant even be...

Kitchen trends for 2013 veer towards splashes of bold colour and textures

For 2013 kitchens are taking on a fresher look with accents of colour, textured surfaces and clever designs accommodating the kitchen as a major living area, according to Kitchens International. As one of the top independent kitchen designers and retailers in the UK and based across Scotland, Kitchens International is seeing customers becoming bo...

Northern European regions the most innovative, reveals new study

...vation in Europe, reports EurActiv. But there is a considerable diversity in regional innovation performance - not only across European countries, but also within the member states, according to the newly published European Commission's Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012. Unsurprisingly, the most innovative regions come from the most innovative co...

Forum announces five-point plan for jobs and growth

The Forum of Private Business has written to the Chancellor ahead of next month's Autumn Statement to outline a five-point plan to help deliver jobs and growth for the UK economy. The Forum is urging Mr Osborne to concentrate on measures that will help the small business sector flourish by reducing business costs, boosting employment in the privat...

Further funding for employer ownership of training will help burst skills bubble

...mpanies, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's chief executive highlights the need for skills and training to form an integral part of discussions about long term business planning.[TRIMTO] Peter Cheese, Chief Executive at the CIPD comments: "Employers have a vested interest in actively developing their own pipelines of future t...

£4.8 billion of unpaid work completed by British tradespeople every year

According to new research from Direct Line for Business (DL4B), seven in 10 British tradespeople work extra unpaid hours each week, which equates to around £4.8 billion in unpaid overtime every year. Just one in four (26%) of workers claim they don't work any unpaid overtime in a typical week. On average, each tradesperson completes 5.29 ...

We have Mail: antibacterial and other coatings

Hi KBzine, In response to your question in last week's leader about who does what for antibacterial problems – the bathroom industry has done coatings for years, Duravit do Wonderglis and Villeroy & Boch do Ceramic plus – Bette have always done an extra polymer glaze – all this is designed to fill in the micropores...

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...s an initiative that makes me sit back from my desk and say: "Now why didn't anyone think of that before!" That happened this morning when I received a release about the Skill Exchange - although this time I thought: "I really hope that works." You can read all about it below, but what the story doesn't tell you, your imagination will. I know...

News in Brief

...eeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are likely to be some lengthy delays, so if you're scheduling deliveries, or plan...

New bathroom products and range extensions from Abode for 2013

Since Abode entered the bathroom tap and shower market the company has been at the forefront of design, engineering excellence and advanced technology. Recently its designers have been working hard capturing ideas and designs to add to the bathroom ranges and producing new innovative products. New designs of deck-mounted bath fillers and bath sho...

Localised online skill exchanges - what a good idea!

...h localised online skill exchanges. Launched this week, Skill Exchange UK is an independent, not for profit organisation developed with leading employers, ACAS and the TUC. It provides a simple but highly innovative service aimed at local employer 'skill recycling', an efficient and more sensible alternative to skill wastage, by facilitating loc...

Teenage Cancer Trust benefits from 1810 Company tap sales

Undermount kitchen sink and tap specialist, The 1810 Company, has pledged its support for the national charity, The Teenage Cancer Trust, by donating money generated from tap sales. The Wrexham based company will donate £5 to this worthy cause for every Curvato Trio filter tap sold.[TRIMTO] "In this day and age, there are so many good ca...

Trends for Spring 2013, as seen by Ripples

...esigners are seeing more emphasis on quality, timeless products, with individuality and more demand for bespoke. They say the look is textures, natural materials, wood finishes in either light or dark wood - outweighing the high gloss finishes that have been popular in recent years. At the heart of a domestic bathroom will be the thought of practic...

Apprenticeships must be improved and focus on employers' needs, says review

...ed on the needs of employers.[TRIMTO] Doug Richard, entrepreneur, educator and founder of School for Startups, was asked by the Education Secretary Michael Gove and the Business Secretary Vince Cable to consider the future of apprenticeships in England, and to recommend how they can meet the needs of the changing economy. He was also asked to ad...

Limescale removal technology heralded as a breakthrough

...arates calcium from its molecular state and converts it to a small, amorphous and neutrally charged form that will not adhere to surfaces as hard scale. Pre-existing hard scale is gradually and safely dissolved through the action of oxide elements that are liberated during the calcium conversion process. This system is said to work every time, unde...

New Elite - chromed enclosures from Simpsons are now available

...ngle and double door quadrant options. Doors are fully reversible with a noteworthy 40mm adjustment for easy installation in any bathroom. The brightly chromed aluminium profiles create a coordinated design statement by complementing the chrome finish on shower valves, bath and basin taps and accessories. The 8/6mm toughened glass used throughou...

Property developer sentenced over Manchester gas explosion

...sbury Gate development in December 2009.[TRIMTO] Manchester Crown Court heard yesterday that the former Withington Hospital building on Nell Lane was being converted into houses and apartments when a worker cut through a six-inch gas pipe in an underground tunnel, burning his hands and face when gas inside the pipe ignited. About an hour later, ...

Roman receives praise for its waste management initiatives

UK Shower Manufacturer, Roman, has been praised by its waste management company, for its successful and continual improvement which has seen the amount of waste recycled by the company, reach a staggering 93%.[TRIMTO] Roman, which holds ISO14001 accreditation, has been striving to reduce its impact on the environment, in line with the standard...

British Ceramic Tile supports UK's biggest skills and careers event, The Skills Show

...adesmen," says Tony Taylor, Chief Executive of British Ceramic Tile "and is an excellent initiative for British Ceramic Tile to support especially in these tough times when the younger generation offer so much potential, but face a difficult job climate." The tiling competition is part of a wider Skillbuild Challenge contest which sees represent...

CIPD responds to Richard Review of Apprenticeships

... skills needs of UK employers.[TRIMTO] "Apprenticeships are playing a growing role in employer efforts to meet their future skills needs," says Katerina Rudiger, Skills Adviser at CIPD. "However, amongst employers who are not yet turning to apprenticeships, our research, conducted as part of the CIPD Learning to Work campaign finds concerns abo...

HiB - master of mirror design

...gns have been introduced by bathroom products supplier HiB. Liberty and Adelle are both portrait format mirrors with low energy illumination activated by a discreet sensor switch. Both benefit from the all-important steam-free feature, which is becoming a 'must have' function of illuminated mirrors. The lighting features on each mirror offer ...

Prisma brings new perspective for Mereway Kitchens

...a handlessless fitting concept. A complete range of sizes, handles and accessories are available for new Prisma. Combined with an extensive selection of internal features, clever storage components and complementing warm or cool lighting options proves the planning and design possibilities are endless to create a desired look. "Kitchen retai...

Installers' shocking lack of regs knowledge exposed by Inta

...red to a bath fitted with a thermostatic mixing valve (TMV) should be. It also exposed lack of enforcement as a serious issue, with 89% of respondents calling for policing of the regulations to be made more rigorous. More than half of those surveyed were unaware of any enforcement of the Part G building regulations since they came into force ...

Nuaire wins award for its commitment to the green agenda

...erphilly-based Nuaire, a market leader in the manufacturing of energy efficient ventilation systems for homes and businesses, has won the Go-Green environmental award at the Institute of Welsh Affairs Business Awards.[TRIMTO] Hosted at Cardiff City Hall, Nuaire was recognised at an elaborate ceremony for its wide-ranging and ongoing environmenta...

Efficient household appliances key to cutting home energy demand

AMDEA, the UK trade association for manufacturers of domestic appliances, welcomes the Government's latest proposals to cut domestic electricity demand across the UK, but warns that substantial reductions will only be possible if policies include significant incentives to encourage the uptake of the latest generation of high efficiency domestic ap...

Methven launches new showering and tapware collection: design-led Waipori collection delivers indulgent showering while saving water

...of premium showers and tapware, Methven UK, has launched a new collection which delivers optimum performance alongside key water-saving features. The Waipori collection, which translates from Maori as 'Dark Water', includes showerheads, handsets and tapware and boasts a modern, sleek design in a stylish chrome finish. Waipori showers feature ...

Ellis Furniture launches industry leading iPad App

Demonstrating once again that it is at the forefront of the UK KBB sector, popular designer and manufacturer Ellis Furniture is about to radically change the way we approach bathroom design with the launch of a clever App developed for both iPad and web browsers that allows consumers, retailers, interior designers and architects to create a dream...

Croydex goes global with Shanghai store opening

...been busy since its opening in September, with customers coming to us to find the finishing touches for furnishing their bathrooms. Our soft line products, such as showers and shower accessories, bath mats and toilet seats are particularly popular as some of the products are not commonly found in China. "There are many designer stores nearby cat...

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...the slightest that Screwfix - according to its latest figures - is continuing on its upward spiral, for if the staff of the Epsom branch are anything to go by, the company treats its customers very well indeed. I'm not a tradesperson and clearly won't be spending a fortune at the store, but every time I venture in there I'm treated as if I'm the mo...

News in Brief

...eeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are likely to be some lengthy delays, so if you're scheduling deliveries, or plan...

Zero Waste Scotland and Tigh Grian to develop 'Resource Efficient House'

...ero Waste Scotland and Tigh Grian will see the design, build and eventually de-construction of an affordable family home which showcases the principles of resource efficiency and aims to change the future of homebuilding in Scotland. The modular designed house will meet, and hopefully exceed, 2016 Scottish Building Standards Gold performance req...

Abode expands marketing expertise

...ich includes bathroom taps and showers, to enable the in-house creative designers to take the range forward into 2013/14. Helen has worked in the bathroom industry for many years covering every facet of the business. Serving 10 years with Silverdale Ceramics/Jacuzzi UK gave her a wide in-depth knowledge before she moved on to Utopia Bathroom Gr...

Harvey Jones Kitchens becomes Full Member of The Furniture Ombudsman

...Members.[TRIMTO] Harvey Jones Kitchens has been making kitchens from its Cambridgeshire workshop for more than 30 years and in that time the company has designed and crafted more than 15,000 hand-made kitchens. It now has 26 kitchen showrooms across the UK and plans to open more. Its philosophy is to offer understated, premium-quality cabinet...

Expo Build China 2013 - gateway to China's building & decoration market

...e world's largest producer and consumer of building materials, as well as representing a new market for those who engage in sustainable building. The USD$1,700 billion construction market is forecast to grow at an 8.5% CAGR, or RMB 30 trillion, by 2020. The retrofitting market is expected to increase by more than 1,000%.[TRIMTO] Expo Build China...

Roman to the rescue

...enovate their home and create a downstairs bathroom with disabled access, which would be accessible for the mum - who suffers with a degenerative form of spinal arthritis. Part way through the project the builder walked off with the family's money and left the home in an unfinished mess. Roman offers a range of products which allow for easy acce...

Ecobuild's seminar programme now available and ready to excite you!

...ned seminar programme offers more than 130 sessions covering the most pressing and important issues for built environment professionals - and it is now available for you to view online - but which to choose?[TRIMTO] With the emphasis throughout on delivering practical and applied information, each seminar is structured to provide key learning po...

Hammonds sales boosted by CCS credit finance

... (UK's lowest unsecured loan rate), and base rate loans. Buy Now Pay Later remains extremely useful for assisting customers with timing issues, whilst rates on its unsecured Bank Buster and 15 year Mortgage Buster loans are among the lowest in the UK and are free of any documentation fees or hidden charges. To learn how credit finance can help y...

WRAS approval for Salamander's top brass

Salamander Pumps struck gold in Olympic year with its Force range of brass ended pumps and the company has announced that the entire range now has WRAS approval. "Force was always WRAS compliant', explains Salamander Sales Director Chris Vallance, "but it's great news that Force has officially got the thumbs up.'' Salamander introduced Force to...

News in Brief

...eeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are likely to be some lengthy delays, so if you're scheduling deliveries, or plan...

At home with Lamont

... co-ordinating window, door and cabinet hardware. Made from genuine pewter in the UK exclusively for Hafele, this understated, robust and classic collection has been designed to maximise versatility through mixing and matching of handles. Hafele chose Pewter as the material for its debut range of branded hardware because of the inherent benefit...

Soapbox: Census lessons for bathroom industry

...e latest report from the 2011 Census makes fascinating reading and gives the bathroom industry food for thought. The Office for National Statistics released its second set of findings from the 2011 census for England and Wales and amongst the raft of information (including the utterly useless fact that people still like Star Wars enough to put t...

ArtiCAD celebrates 20 years in KBB industry with 20 year old clients

Popular CAD software specialist for the KBB sector, ArtiCAD, is celebrating 20 years in the KBB industry. Founded in 1992 by Richard Turner, an IT entrepreneur from Hull with a special interest in the kitchen retail sector, the company has grown to become a major force in the industry both in the UK and overseas.[TRIMTO] Whilst the ArtiCAD-Pr...

Handles for handleless kitchens

...reet handles. As Matthew Lord, LDL's managing director, explains: "Edge is the perfect solution for those people who want the visual impact of uninterrupted door and drawer surfaces but prefer to have a handle. A major benefit of this range for installers is that the handle sits on top of the door or drawer and simply screws in from behind, thu...

Property maintenance chief urges us to plan ahead for non-emergency refurbishments

...ies, MD of London-based aspect.co.uk. Will says these refurbishments appear to be in preparation for extended family and other holiday guests, which is why people should plan further ahead. "Householders know family and other guests are coming for Christmas. So why not get those refurbishments and additions done during the Spring or Summer? W...

European Bathrooms agrees to settlement from Qualitex Supplies

The Patents County Court proceedings for infringement of design right issued by European Bathroom against Qualitex Supplies in October have now been settled. The terms of the settlement are confidential, but the parties have agreed to the following statement being made available to the public:[TRIMTO] "European Bathroom Ltd (EBL) and Qualitex...

Belling puts independents on the road

Independent retailer Direct Kitchens and SS Audio will be driving home for Christmas after each winning a £22k, fully branded Ford Transit van from Belling. Popular cooking appliance brand Belling, launched its Dream Wheels competition in April, as part of its year of Centenary celebrations, offering Euronics members and retailers buying...

Fagor Spoutnik microwave showcased on Channel 5's 'All New Gadget Show'

...mp; marketing director, De Dietrich Kitchen Appliances says: "Achieving high-profile TV coverage for any kitchen appliance product is always on a marketing wish-list. We are absolutely delighted that the Fagor Spoutnik achieved such a positive review on the 'All New Gadget Show' on Channel 5 because it is truly unique in the marketplace. We know...

Bigger hoods for wider hobs -Slender 900 is a hit with contract market

Launched at KBB earlier this year, the Slender 900 chimney hood is proving a major product hit for the contract market as part of Carron Phoenix's commercially geared offer of sinks, taps, waste sorter bins and cooker hoods. Very keenly priced, the Slender 900 follows the formula for successful contract kitchens: great design on a budget. The ...

Commercial tile trends for 2013

...eople across the country will stand in their kitchen this month, possibly cooking a Christmas feast for their family, and they will resolve to upgrade their kitchen as part of a New Year's resolution. Home improvements are a very popular resolution for many people to make, and with the kitchen one of the most frequently used rooms in any home, it's...

The Furniture Ombudsman releases new Annual Review

...hich helps to raise standards and specialises in providing Alternative Dispute Resolution solutions for consumers and retailers in the furniture and home improvement industry, has published its annual review for 2012.[TRIMTO] This year was the 20th anniversary for the body, which was established in 1992 with the Office of Fair Trading. Since the...

Quirky vintage style with PWS' rubberwood

PWS' rubberwood worktops were the perfect choice for the Oil Can Cafe, part of West Yorkshire's newest vintage Emporium near Holmfirth. Over 18 metres of rubberwood were specified for the countertops of this unique servery. The light timber creates a distinctive contrast to the brightly coloured oil cans and the overall look is quirky and fun ...

Pegler Yorkshire goes social to increase global brand awareness

...xpanding its marketing activities to include more digital and social media as part of its ongoing efforts to raise awareness of its popular brands at home and overseas.[TRIMTO] The company is using Twitter ( www.twitter.com ) and Linkedin ( www.linkedin.com ) to communicate with media and trade audiences, while Facebook ( www.facebook.com ) acti...

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...me to the KBzine   Coming up to Christmas we editors receive lots of information about predicted trends for the coming year and a press release that arrived yesterday was headed up:  'IBM reveals five innovations that will change our lives within five years'. The first paragraph read: 'Breakthroughs will mark the e...

News in Brief

...eeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are likely to be some lengthy delays, so if you're scheduling deliveries, or plan...

KBSA welcomes more new members

...blished in 1982, the company has been supplying quality fitted furniture in the Saffron Walden area for over 30 years. It is also the main agent for the full range of NEFF, Miele, Bosch, Siemens, Britannia, Elica and Aga appliances. Guy Goddard says: "The KBSA provides a universal voice for quality retailers within the industry with a focus on qual...

Quiet oven to come to UK

...ry 2013. Amica Zen, pictured here, is an environmentally sound, technically advanced oven conceived for those who are searching for tranquillity and simplicity in their homes. The Zen is the antithesis of overwhelming technology. No illumination, alarms, ringtones or buzzing timers - nothing to attack the senses.[TRIMTO] Whilst it offers the b...

Lewisham merchant has a 'Year of Beer' on Inta

...with entries from merchants across the UK. H E Olby was picked in a lucky dip draw at Inta's Staffordshire headquarters last week and was presented with the highly coveted prize at its Lewisham store. Mark Spiers, manager at H E Olby, said: "What a fantastic competition! Entering was a no-brainer, but we didn't think we'd win as we knew we'd ...

New innovative extractor hoods from Blanco by Gutmann are show stoppers

...eatures.[TRIMTO] The Blanco by Gutmann Silla features a new and powerful state-of-the-art design for external, internal or recirculating extraction options. Hand-made, with no rivets or bolts, the tower unit in high quality stainless steel has an edgeless body, superbly framing an illuminated glass central panel, which lights up the whole chimne...

Crosswater invests in its delivery fleet: clear signs of success reflected in further £250k transport investment

... 45 7.5 ton trucks to the liveried 'It's all about you' Crosswater fleet to underpin its reputation for timely, complete deliveries.[TRIMTO] Each of the new vehicles has on-board camera as an aide to reversing. The Mercedes Sprinters, which carry up to 1000kg, incorporate blue efficiency for the lowest Co2 emissions as well as fuel-saving stop-...

Burbidge kitchens expands business by taking on the Woodfit brand

...d that it has taken on the name and product range of Woodfit - a distributor of hardware components for the furniture industry - after the business went into administration.[TRIMTO] In a strategic move designed to enhance its flourishing business, Burbidge is keen to ensure continuity for Woodfit's valued customers and will be working hard to ma...

The bathroom cabinet - much more than storage

...en the bathroom cabinet was purchased down at the local hardware store when you realised that you'd forgotten where to store your shampoo and deodorant. In those days a plain white plastic box often with sliding glass doors was all that was available.[TRIMTO] The market has moved on with greater choice. HiB's Vector 100cm illuminated cabinet exe...

Christmas energy saving tips for businesses

Christmas is an expensive time of year for everyone and for businesses it's a period when energy costs typically rocket according to IMServ Europe, the independent energy data management provider. Putting up the Christmas lights, installing the energy sapping inflatables and turning up the thermostat to combat the recent arctic weather will a...

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... Currently suffering what appears to be my second relapse into the flu which started several days before we broadcast our last issue of KBzine before Christmas, I've had plenty of time to lie around over the break, reflect on things I never generally have time to think about and watch rubbishy TV programmes. Unusually my New Year's Eve was spent...

Walk-in bath by Kubex offers the elderly or less able, valuable bathtime indulgence

Kubex UK recently introduced the Solo, a walk-in bath that will provide relief and comfort for many who find it difficult to get out of a conventional bath and fear the indignity of having to call for help. Nicely designed and precision made in Kubex's plant in Kingston-upon-Hull, the Solo has an access point only nine inches from floor level, a ...

New heat pump tumble dryers from Zanussi save time, money and energy

...Zanussi Heatpump dryer is up to 25ºC less than a normal condenser dryer. Not only is this good for the environment and your energy bills, but it is fantastic for your clothes, as it allows garments to gently dry with the TLC they deserve. Different loads of laundry require different drying times, but who wants the hassle of working out how ...

Roman creates water labels

Shower manufacturer, Roman, has developed some 'water labels' for its showroom displays, to indicate that its shower valves are all officially accredited as part of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association's Water Label Scheme.[TRIMTO] Roman has been an early backer of the BMA's Water Label and put its range of 17 valves through the scheme as so...

Geberit training dates still available for January

While places have been booking up fast, places are still available for selected training dates in January at Geberit's HQ in Warwick. The free training modules will cover sanitary systems and piping solutions, enabling installers to be brought bang up to speed on every aspect of fitting Geberit products. The piping solutions training module in...

News in Brief

...eeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are likely to be some lengthy delays, so if you're scheduling deliveries, or plan...

'Training for everyone' says The Furniture Ombudsman

... in Birmingham, to launch the new training programme. They will also provide a free drop-in service for anyone who would like information or needs help with an issue they are facing. Jon Walters, Service Delivery Manager for TFO, says: "Training is a fantastic way to ensure your workforce is knowledgeable and well informed. Our research shows th...

Can't see the wood for the trees?

...h 2013, a new EU Timber Regulation, which will affect the entire furniture supply chain, comes into force. The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) was initiated due to increasing concerns over unsustainable forest management practices and illegal logging. Studies have suggested that approximately 20% of timber and timber products, entering the European ...

A retailer opportunity to receive a free display thermostatic valve!

...throom Category Manager, Abode comments: "Providing our retailers with easy to install solutions for display purposes helps them to showcase the complete range of products to their customers which helps to drive new sales out into the marketplace. We are convinced that these products are a fantastic addition to our portfolio and will be well ac...

Manufacturers queue up to join the restructured BMA

...is said to be the first capacitive touch switch technology which is at home with water and is ideal for light switching in the bathroom. One of the largest bath manufacturer in the UK and in Continental Europe, Trojan Plastics, has also joined the association. The Huddersfield company is well known in the industry and has grown steadily from its...

EEF Environment Consultant appointed as UK expert on the guidance for ISO14001

...the revised standard will bring. ISO14001 is an international standard that provides a framework for improving the environmental performance of an organisation. Nearly a quarter of a million organisations worldwide are certified to ISO14001, including many UK manufacturers who use it to manage legal compliance, drive down costs and meet custome...

Imperial Bathrooms unveils stunning new range of floor tiles

...g the bathroom sector. They are also consistent with Imperial's ethos of providing design solutions for every bathroom of distinction and, once again, confirm the definitive attention to design and detail for which Imperial is internationally renowned. Featuring Elizabethan, Tudor Mosaic and New England; all three new floor tile collections port...

Disused street lanterns turned into new furniture with Hi-Macs seat

...ow being put to a new use: They have been turned into stools known as 'Statthocker' which are ideal for the bathroom or kitchen![TRIMTO] When the hard plastic lantern shades were removed to make way for energy saving diode lamps, the Bielefeld product and interior designers Oliver Bahr and Bastian Demmer came up with the idea of repurposing them...

Rearo expands top selling Selkie Range into the kitchen for 2013

...launched a completely new look to its Selkie Board range.[TRIMTO] Originally created exclusively for bathroom usage, Selkie Board now offers so much more, thanks to a project undertaken by Rearo's Selkie team of product manager, Norman McLeod and in-house interior design specialist Tracey Gibson. The pair have created a new range which can no...

The state of water in 2013

...ed, at least 36 states were already dealing with periodic, if not chronic, water shortages with California, New Mexico, and Arizona at the top of the list.[TRIMTO] Klaus Reichardt, CEO and founder of Waterless Co., maker of no-water urinal systems and other washroom-related products, predicts that while there is some good news, water scarcity an...

F & P Wholesale appoints new marketing & development director

... to the position of Marketing & Development Director.[TRIMTO] Shane began his career working for a plumbing and heating contractor before joining Tricom - the founding brand name for F & P Wholesale - in 1990 as a warehouseman. He then took on the role of Branch Manager at F & P Wholesale's Camberley Distribution Centre, a position h...

LDL introduces online promotion

LDL Components, the nationwide distributor of premium fittings and accessories for the fitted furniture industry, is offering free delivery on all online orders during January. The promotion is to highlight new features of the website www.ldlonline.co.uk  including:[TRIMTO] * Updated account section for account customers to view...

Biggest idiot on a ladder crowned by Ladder Association after public vote

...rom a news story in the Lincolnshire Echo, which reported that he was fined a total of £6,000 for his ladder idiocy. The photo only won around 14% of the vote but took off on Facebook as it was shared and commented on by even more people than the winner. Cameron Clow, Chairman of the Ladder Association, says: "This competition was all abou...

Whirlpool right on trend for the Spring with its new Max microwave colours

...Vivacious Green and a Zesty Orange that coincide beautifully with the Pantone colour fashion report for spring 2013. In the report designers have addressed the consumer desire for self-expression, balance and the need to re-energise. The colour direction for spring builds upon these compelling needs with a palette that mixes dynamic brights and no...

Roman recalculates Infinity

...one trays - making them comparable to many standard shower trays available and even more attractive for customers. Roman's Infinity tray range and Roman Stone tray range are both manufactured in Roman's on-site UK solid surface manufacturing facility. Breakthroughs in volume have seen the manufacturer now reducing pricing on these products. T...

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... Britain has seen three major High Street chains go into administration this week: Jessops (for many years The High Street's camera specialist), Blockbuster (the long-time leader in home video/DVD rental) and HMV (the last remaining dedicated music outlet). And of course there was Comet not that many weeks back. As well as the recession,...

News in Brief

...eeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are likely to be some lengthy delays, so if you're scheduling deliveries, or plan...

Inta, manufacturer of heating, plumbing and showering products, has launched a new extensive range of WRAS-approved pressure reducing valves (PRVs).

The collection, which features a wide variety of sizes, has been specifically designed for both domestic and commercial applications. With static and dynamic pressure control, the range is designed to reduce fluid pressures and maintain the desired level, preventing damage to system components located downstream of the PRV.[TRIMTO] Due to the ...

Methven's new 'Aroha' tapware collection boasts distinctive exotic design

... stunning new tapware collection reminiscent of an exotic Bird of Paradise flower.[TRIMTO] Ideal for use in en suites and small bathrooms, the petite Aroha tapware collection, boasts water control features, including ceramic disc technology to provide superior functionality, convenience and water efficiency. The Aroha collection, which is opt...

New brochure details stunning 'Creative Bathroom Solutions'

...logy into the domestic bathroom setting. Completing the line-up is a range of luxury accessories for those all-important finishing touches. Commenting on the new brochure, Mark Walker, UK Sales Director, says: "The brochure gives a true flavour of the Bagno Design offering. The photography is aspirational and reflects the quality and uniquene...

F & P Wholesale gets bigger and better in Bedford

...ce and a wide range of products on a 'one tomorrow' basis, F & P Wholesale is relocating its Bedford Distribution Centre.[TRIMTO] As the UK's renowned distributor of heating, plumbing and bathroom products, F & P Wholesale is committed to delivering high standards of stock availability and service. While the old Bedford location already ...

Svelte - the next slim thing

A groundbreaking range of lever-operation brassware joins the popular line-up specially created for British bathrooms by Crosswater. Svelte, is Crosswater's latest comprehensive range of solid brass basin, bath and showering products. The sleek design of the tap spout delivers a thin blade of water, which is easily controlled by the single, e...

US remodelling recovery underway and picking up steam

All signs point to a strong rebound for home improvement activity in 2013, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released yesterday by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.[TRIMTO] Robust spending in the second half of 2012 suggests the remodelling recovery is al...

Out of the Woods: Adventures of 12 Hardwood Chairs

...uncil that began over 12 months ago, culminating in an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum for the London Design Festival 2012.[TRIMTO] AHEC's European Director David Venables says: "Out of the Woods was one of the top highlights of the London Design Festival last year and we are very grateful to the organisers of the Stockholm Furnitur...

UK business needs smarter spending strategies for growth

...esses.[TRIMTO] Expense Reduction Analysts is launching a report as part of its 'Smarter spending for business' campaign, calling on UK businesses to implement smarter spending strategies to aid their chances of success or survival in 2013. Rob Allison, managing director, ERA, says: "Organisations must start thinking long term instead of short...

Bluetooth in the bathroom - the latest 'Smart Mirrors' from HiB

...e and relax in a very personal way.[TRIMTO] Music and entertainment, 24-hour news and a global information flow are all important threads in a busy modern life. HiB, always at the cutting edge of technology in the bathroom, has introduced the Pulse and Vibe Mirrors, which incorporate Bluetooth technology to bring your personal music or radio sta...

Transform a home kitchen into a chef's paradise

...ew Fairlie, Martin Wishart and The Cookschool Scotland, have provided a design brief in how to transform your humble kitchen into a master chef kitchen: - Worktop space - always remember that if you're entertaining you need plating up space so never compromise on worktops. Everyday kitchen goods need to be